When the World Gifts You, Watch Out!

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“Good advice is sure enough hard to come by. Bad advice surrounds you constantly.” Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson “Under the Hammer

Be careful about taking unsolicited advice, no matter how well-intentioned or well-informed. Six months ago, I got some expert advice about my wheelchair. Following it has cost me all kinds of money and time and led to some major property destruction. I hope you don’t need wheelchair experience to appreciate this story.

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3 Responses to When the World Gifts You, Watch Out!

  1. Amira Dunn says:

    Very interesting read… never looked at receiving this way, nevertheless giving. I think it can be super important to take closer looks at what we are offering people as well. We should be asking ‘is this what this person really needs?’ ‘Am I the right person to be giving

  2. admin says:

    Thanks Amira for this perceptive comment. I’ve written about the complications of helping at least twice on this blog. One is called Should I help? and the other was Help without Helping. I think you would like them.

  3. admin says:

    Update. I still have the chair, and it’s still a pain. Have now put$1000 into this “free” chair, and it still has all kinds of problems. However, it also has some advantages. i was on it for hours in Oakland yesterday and it handled all kinds of rough roads and long distances. Nothing’s all good or all bad, is it?

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