If you are like me then you will often find yourself being asked for advice. Mostly about choices. In fact I wish it were as simple as choices because they are relatively easy to help with: “Should I take the job or should I stay?” “Should I remain with my partner or should I leave?”
There are many tried and tested techniques for helping people through these dilemmas but too often I find that people come to me for advice without really being prepared.
This week a charming young man, who I sincerely wanted to help, asked me for some career advice.
The conversation went very much like the following text from a piece that Lewis Caroll wrote 148 years ago:
“Would you tell me please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.
“I don’t much care where” said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.
“so long as I get SOMEWHERE,” Alice added as an explanation.
“Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.”
George Harrison paraphrased this verse rather nicely in his song ‘Any Road’:
“If you don’t know where you’re going then any road will take you there”.
I think in future I might just be tempted to give this one liner as advice because for those who are drifting through life already, not expecting much, not being disappointed any, then what better words are there to share?
Have a good week,