Lately I’ve been thinking about a close friend who left my life way too early. There was so much he planned to do in life. And he never got to finish college.
Maybe it’s because he died young that his words carry so much importance. Maybe he was just a Buddhist sage in a 20-year-old’s body.
But one piece of advice stayed with me all these years.
“You have the right to ask for anything you want or need from someone. But you must be prepared for their response because they may not give it to you.”
At the time he imparted that gem, I nodded my head. But it took some time to really sink in. How important and useful the advice was.
His words have replayed through my head for over a decade. I think the hardest part is preparing for the person’s response. And dealing with it.
Your friends must have said something especially wise that stuck in your brain too. If you’d like to share in the comments, I’d love to hear their emeralds of wisdom.