Advice

“One thing: you have to walk, and create the way by your walking; you will not find a ready-made path. It is not so cheap, to reach to the ultimate realization of truth. You will have to create the path by walking yourself; the path is not ready-made, lying there and waiting for you. It is just like the sky: the birds fly, but they don’t leave any footprints. You cannot follow them; there are no footprints left behind.”
― Osho

Why is advice so easily given?

Or why does one person think or perceive that someone needs to be told how to live their life and all the other dime-a-dozen remedies that are offered up?

The thing is, I’m in the advice business — law — and to begin with I was only too eager to produce a cogent answer to the plethora of problems that came my way.

But as I wised up to what was really going on, I realised that no one really cared what I said unless that is I got it disastrously wrong and the client decided to stick the boot in and sue the firm. Touch wood, I avoided that bullet.

There was, though, something else afoot.

The problem was never the problem; namely, if someone was owed money, or there was a dispute apropos of land, a trust or a failed company, no one wanted to ask a bigger or more important question than the prima facie problem.

I did but I was always constrained by my professional rules, job security and marching to my marching orders.

What am I saying?

I felt out of sorts then as I do now with the advice business. That means my bio which I recently changed needs to be looked at again and I need to dial down the notion that I can do anything more than invite you, in a kind and gentle way, to ask a better, more beautiful question.

Of course that’s not a business or at least it doesn’t feel like one.

Then again, I come to my own practice or at least I try to with a blank sheet of paper and beginner’s mind, with a vague notion to look beneath the modern-day aperture of knowledge, to understand what’s really going on.

Anyhow, I’m acutely aware that the airwaves will be filled to overflowing with grief, love and solemnity for the loss of Queen Elizabeth. Like so many people I’ve never known anyone else as our Monarch. She will be hugely missed and there will never be another serving Monarch like her — not in my lifetime at least.

Take care.

Blessings, Julian

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