Free advice from some friends of mine! PDF Print E-mail
Written by George Browning   
Tuesday, 02 May 2017 07:11

One of the biggest challenges I face at work is coming up with new topics to talk about in this column.

I could do it easily, but they’d all be sports related and I understand that not everyone likes sports the way I do.

So I heard great advice recenty, someone said to me, “Try to be for broken people what you needed when you were broken!”

Those are truly words to live by.

All of us wake up in a broken world every day, sometimes that brokeness is part of our family and friends.

Sometimes it’s our kids who are going through brokenness and some have brokenness in a marriage.

One of my favorite quotes ever was by the wife of Evangelist Billy Graham. Ruth said even the people who you think have it all together have struggles when she said, “There is a broken heart in every pew.”

I want to live a life that works to rebuild the broken, not cause more brokenness. Those words drive that thought –  “Try to be for the broken people what you needed when you were broken!”

It’s among the best advice I’ve ever received. I posed the question on facebook, “What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?”

I was only planning to highlight a few of the better ones, but there was so much response, I wanted to print them all.

So here goes, if you got left out, you must have answered after this was written:

Donnie Whitlow “Follow Jesus!”

Rhett Huffaker “Don’t spend 5 minutes on something that won’t matter in 5 years.”

Josh Lewis “This too shall pass”

JoAnne Early “Stay true to yourself.”

Kyle Martin “Do what you love and love what you do”

Jordan Knapp “Be patient. Good things take time.”

Kirk Hale “My uncle Don Babbage always told me to ‘killem with kindness, you will blow their minds!’”

Trenton Miller “Be careful when you are driving a four-wheeler and wear a helmet or you could get a TBI a traumatic brain injury.”

Laura Thompson “Everyday life is gonna throw something at us to bring us down, but it is ultimately up to us to let it bring us down. Instead smile thru the frowns and think of something that makes you happy! Do you wanna go thru your day letting things put you in a bad mood ruining your day or do you wanna have a happy day no matter what happens?”

Connie Swartz “It is what it is you’re the only driver of your destination.”

Amanda Olivia Russell “Never seek revenge, just make sure that I live enough.”

Patricia Simpson “Be careful what ya wish for, ya just might get it – cause from outside looking in it might look great, but looks can be deceiving.”

Patricia Jackson “Trust the Lord! We can’t see the whole picture.”

Casie Cole “This too shall pass.”

(In Reply to Casie’s advice, Kym Ratts said, “And I heard once, ‘Might be like a kidney stone, but it will pass!”)

Thomas Berryman Jr “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer!”

Rosanne Quatroke “Lighten up.”

Angie Motsinger “You catch more flies with honey than vinegar!” and “What you cannot do for yourself, you should not expect others to do for you!”

Dave Routh, from a 90+ year old man, “Don’t wait too long to retire so you’ll have the time and energy to do the things you always wanted to do.”

Sabrina Burdine “The grass is greener where you water it!”

Kelly Anderson “You have a choice when you wake up in the morning to either have a good day or a bad day.”

Chris Wells and Zac Wilson shared one, “Happy wife, happy life.”

Kym Ratts “My best advice ever came from my Father. He once told me, ‘Baby, you have got to be able to take care of yourself. You cannot depend on me, you cannot depend on a husband. You must be able to take care of yourself.’ No truer words were ever spoken to me.”

Michael Roop “On my wedding day, my grandfather who had been married for 50+ years said, ‘Stay busy!’”

Alan Bishop “Don’t be paralyzed by conjecture” “Great artists steal, mediocre artists borrow,” “Treading water is the same as drowning, you’re only doing it slower.”

Jason Nelson “Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should.”

Rachel Martin “Don’t let temporary feelings make permanent decisions.”

David Sowder “Don’t get caught watchin’ the paint dry.”

Sarah Nicole Overstreet “Don’t look back, you’re not going that way.”

Michael Roop “Live your life so that it’s standing-room-only at your funeral.”

Amy Coyle “The days are long but the years are short.” (In reference to working, raising kids, travel sports and it all being over soon)

Michael Roop “Work harder” and “Don’t get caught”

Peggy Hurst Monroe “Forgive...”

Kit Reas From my 102-year-old great uncle, “Regarding the past, remember fondly the good times and the people that have gone before, but don’t stay there. Live in the present and enjoy the people God has put in your life today ... and plan for 5 more years.”

John Roberts “When in the pit, you can either pick up the shovel or get on the ladder and climb out.”

With so much great advice, I am going to have to run part two to this column next week. Maybe you aren’t on social media. E-mail me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and maybe I will use it in next week’s column.