This is one of those you-can’t-make-it-up stories.
Z-D says considering all the bad advice that is on social media lately I need to share this here. It’s a story from my past that imparts some memorable advice.
Kind of weird advice.
I swear to you that his Aunt Ann said this to me years ago. And I’ll also tell you up front that I can honestly say I took her advice to heart.
But I’m getting ahead of myself here…
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Many years ago I went to a bridal shower held for moi. It was ostensibly for me to meet about 20 of Zen-Den’s older female relatives, but was in fact a way for them to size me up.
They were not a friendly crowd.
It was an awkward uncomfortable event for me, an introvert, a sweet little lambie tossed in among the wolves, but I did my best to be likable because back then I cared about such things.
At this shower we played a game in which all the women at the shower were to write their best piece of marital advice on a 3×5″ index card.
While they got snacks I was to read all the cards to myself, picking the card with what I believed to be the best advice. The person who wrote this card then got the door prize. I can’t remember what it was, but these women wanted that prize.
There was a competitive spirit amongst them.
That I do remember.
I realized immediately that this game was a trap, the Kobayashi Maru of bridal shower games. No matter whose advice I picked I’d tick off someone and there’d be repercussions, perhaps for decades. These were women with a penchant for holding onto resentments.
Grudges were their lifeblood.
I did not like this game, but miracle of miracles I read Aunt Ann’s piece of advice and I instantly knew that I liked it the best PLUS I realized that no one there would ever resent me for picking it.
Yes, that’s how timeless and profound it was.
Aunt Ann told me: Never start ironing your rags, because once you do, you won’t be able to stop.
Is this not so? And was I not fortunate to have Aunt Ann point this out to me, thereby setting me on the course to a life of freedom that comes from having wrinkled rag?
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