People do not always need advice.

People do not always need advice. Sometimes all they really need is a hand to hold, an ear to listen and a heart to understand them. It is not so much what you say that counts, it is how you make people feel. Sometimes we just need to be there for those we love and allow them to figure out things for themselves.

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring. All of which have the potential to turn a life around.

In life you will realize there is a purpose for everyone you meet. Some people will test you. Some will use you and some will teach you. But most importantly, some will bring out the best in you.

Spend time with nice people who are smart, driven and have minds like you. Relationships should help you, not hurt you. Surround yourself with people who reflect the person you want to be. When you look at a person, any person, remember that everyone has a story.

Everyone has gone through something that has changed them and forced them to grow. We meet no ordinary people in our lives. If you give them a chance, everyone has something amazing to offer.

Say what you mean and mean what you say. Give the people in your life the information they need, rather than expecting them to know the unknowable. Information is the grease that keeps the engine of communication functioning.

Start communicating clearly. Do not try to read other people’s minds and do not make other people try to read yours. Most problems, big and small, within a family, friendship, or business relationships, start with bad communication.

What might be good for one person may not be good for another. What might be bad for one person might change another person’s life for the better. Talk a little less and listen more. Less advice is often the best advice. People do not need lots of advice.

They need a listening ear and some positive reinforcement. What they want to know is often already somewhere inside of them. They just need time to think, be, breathe and continue to explore the undirected journeys that will eventually help them find their direction.

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Until next week Tuesday, bye-bye for now.

Yours Truly
Tshepo Ishmael Phetoane