Dear World, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010 at 12:54

Dear World,

I believe in personal accountability, and as a result, I choose to live my life in a fairly independent way. My problems are mine; I got myself where I am. You should believe in me enough to know that most of the time, I've got this. You should trust me enough to know that if I'm stuck I'll put pride aside and ask for help.

The frequency at which you are offering me unsolicited advice seems to be on the rise... Stop It!! Please try to remember that unless I've specifically asked for your advice, I don't want it. In fact, the more you provide me with unsolicited advice, the less likely I am to listen to you when you speak. I will start avoiding talking to you, since you're obviously not a person who can believe in me enough to know that I've got this.

The simple, logical truth is that most of the time, you're less informed than I am about the details of the situation that I am in. You are therefor less able to offer informed, sound guidance. Whenever I see that you have some prior experience that I lack, or see that I'm too embedded in a situation to be neutral and logical with it, and your advice will be useful to me, I *will* want it, and I *will* ask for it. If you haven't heard that specific request from me, then this is not one of those times.

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