I don't know that I've ever blogged about this before. Maybe I have. I'm going to get on a soapbox today. A big one. And then, I want you to comment and tell me if you agree or disagree. Deal?
I'm a fairly independent person. Okay, scratch that. I'm VERY independent. I think, along with an independent personality, comes extreme decisiveness. It doesn't take me long to make decisions, and once I've made them, I act on them almost immediately.
Case in point: One morning I decided I wanted an English Mastiff, after never having considered getting another dog or a mastiff. That afternoon, we had Gladys.
That's just how Brian and I work. We don't hemhaw around about decisions. That can be good or bad, but it's just the way we are.
Now, here's where I might step on a few toes-
Once I've made a decision, I don't want any input about it. I don't care what others experiences were. I don't care who knows what about whom or what. I've made my decision. I didn't ask for a panel discussion.
Obviously, this is an issue that's lit a fire under me on many occasions. If you've been in a serious medical situation, then you probably understand. People, who you don't even know, come out of the woodwork to put in their two cents about how you should be treated, where you should be treated, whether or not you should be treated. It's endless. And absurd.
And, I'm not just talking medical decisions. I'm referring to any unsolicited advice. If I didn't ask you, then I don't care what you have to say. So, just don't even say it.
This may sound harsh, and please know that I'm not talking about Godly counsel. I think that there is a place for Godly counsel in all of our lives. That is a case when we've invited others to take a close view and offer input. I need that. We all do.
This is more of a discussion of, "Do you appreciate others unsolicited advice, or not?"
So, let me know. Am I alone in this? It just frustrates me to no end to have someone in my business!