by Rev. Fr. V.V. Paulose, Toronto, Canada
“Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.” (Proverbs 15:22)
People with tunnel vision –(those who are locked
into one way of thinking) are likely to miss the right road. Because they have
closed their minds to any new options. We need the help of those who can enlarge
our vision and our perspective. Seek out the advice of those who know you and
have a wealth of experience. Build a network of advisors. Be open to new ideas,
and be willing to weigh their suggestions carefully. Your plans will be stronger
and more likely to succeed. The parting or the last words of your near and dear
are always worth to follow. They are the best counsel you get from.
Here is a mother’s eulogy - a mother’s letter to her children when her mother passed.
Dear Emmy and Steve:
You are a gift. It is because a mother loves her children. I believe that mother knows her child better than anyone on earth. On behalf of your grand mother I write this letter to you. These are your grand mother's counsel.
Lesson#1: Set every clock in the house 8 minutes fast. (Prepare and plan well before you do anything.)
Lesson #2 The "dink” serve is the key to winning at tennis: a soft drop shot. (Be always intelligent as a serpent and pure as a dove.)
Lesson#3: Even when you’re mad at your kids, if the phone rings, answer cheerfully: (Cheerfully do every thing, be patient always.)
Lesson#4: Treat everyone like they are very important. (Consider others as God in flesh)
Lesson#5: Take pride in your spouse and remember that family comes first. (Don’t do anything at the expense of the family and do everything in one voice.)
Lesson #6: Give your children roots and wings (we are the custodian. God is the father of them. Instill godly values in them early in life. Then, when the time is right, set them free.)
Lord, in our confusion and at our cross roads, we
need your holy sprit’s counsel and guidance. We trust you. Prepare me to take
all good advice from our well wishers. We ask this in the name of Jesus.
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