A friend’s elderly mother’s health took a turn for the worse about a year back, resulting in her being completely bed-ridden. A nurse was engaged to be at their house for most part of the day to take care of her. In addition, all the immediate family members took part, each in her/his own way, in looking after the elderly mother. To start with, the family’s day-to-day life was disrupted, but they all made the necessary adjustments, and they soon settled into new daily routines.
The mother’s illness was not communicable. Other than the persons living in the house, nobody was affected in any practical way by the fact that there was a bed-ridden patient in the house.
One day, our friend’s neighbor, a young lady in her mid-twenties, who had moved into the apartment complex with her husband a few months earlier, told our friend in so many words that, instead of being taken care of at home, it would be in the interest of all concerned if the elderly patient was shifted to an institution where she could be under full-time professional care.
The young lady was not a doctor and not a healthcare professional. On being asked whether she or anybody else was inconvenienced in any way by our friend’s mother’s illness, the young lady replied in the negative, and added that she was offering the advice only out of concern for our friend’s family.
A few decades back, drinking water was available free of cost; now, it has to be purchased.
A few decades back, clean and unpolluted air was available free of cost; now, it is just not available.
The only thing that’s still available in plenty and is still free of cost is unsolicited, ‘well-meant’ advice from persons on matters in which they have little or no stake, and about which they have little or no knowledge!
How often do you receive free, unsolicited, ‘well-meant’ advice? How do you handle it?
More importantly, do you give free, unsolicited, ‘well-meant’ advice?