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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4 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?

  4. People want to be informed quickly. We are now in the days of information and technology, which means whether you’re asking for donations or sharing an interesting tid bit you’ve personally discovered, people want to know about it in two minutes or less.

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