"One-legged hugs are dangerous". - Alex Schuetz
He declared this nugget of wisdom after we tried hugging eachother while each standing on one leg. It's hard to do. We fell over. Lesson learned. Good advice produced.
I don't have Alex's permission to display a photo of his image, because he's camping this weekend, and hence unavailable to sign off on my blog post, but I've always thought this window art kind of looked like him:
Other Good Advice can have this kind of simplicity, but have a much broader spectrum of application. An example of such came from a lovely man I dated my freshmen year of college, Tom.
Tom, like me, was extremely forgetful when it came to his personal effects. He said to me once, while carefully backing away from an ATM machine:
"Before you leave someplace, take a look around and make sure you have everything you came with."
If you have ever left your ATM card inside an ATM machine, or left your wallet sitting on it's ledge, or left a shopping bag on the sidewalk beside it, (and admit it, you have), then really, you know that is terrific advice. It's plain, it's simple, and it's constantly useful. I consider it daily, and it's nice to think of lovely Tom when I do.
When it comes to good advice, thinking of the person that delivered it to you helps as much as the words themselves. For example, one of my very best friends, Kelly Warrington, told me when I was having one of my nervous fits about going away on some ridiculous travel adventure or another:
"Meg, keep your wits about you." - Kelly Warrington
...I'm still not totally sure what it means, but this is one of my favorite pieces of Good Advice ever.