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  • Writer's pictureCatherine Norton


Ah, the newly "woke" person. We all know one. You tell them your car broke down, rent went up, and you are having trouble making ends meet. They think an Om will magically fix your finances. Classic.

Let's review the steps of being helpful to someone else:

  1. Practice before you preach.

  2. Embody the calm wisdom of a sage in all you do.

  3. Listen patiently when someone shares a problem.

  4. Encourage them to keep speaking and create a safe, uninterrupted space to express their emotions. Nod a lot. Say nothing beyond "uh huh" and "go on."

  5. Of course, you have brilliant advice dying to come out. Do not share it!

  6. Ask, "Would you like my advice?"

  7. If they say no, say nothing.

Don't be a sagesplainer!

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Catherine Norton
Catherine Norton
May 20, 2022

Thanks to my sister Susan for inspiring the, "Would you like my advice?" part of this post. We all have so much wisdom to share, but that simple step of making sure the recipient is ready to receive it is so important. ❤️

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