Counsel is wisdom in action. It is the result of wisdom offering direction. Counsel is the gift that heals, advises and suggests, that points the way. Counsel is practical and real; it encourages and cautions. We receive counsel through our parents, friends, and spiritual advisors. Through counsel, the Spirit speaks to the heart and enlightens us to judge rightly in a particular circumstance. In times of difficulty counsel helps us to act correctly.
Lord, give me the gift of wise counselors. Help me to learn from the experience, and knowledge of friends and mentors. Let me be open to your Spirit of wise counsel as I make the daily decisions that weave the fabric of my life into something beautiful and useful.
I will listen carefully and openly to the counsel of others and be attentive
in the silence of prayer to the leading of the Spirit.
A wise person will hear, and will increase learning; and a person of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:
Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.
Hear counsel, receive instruction, and accept correction, that you may be wise in the time to come.
Each of us has the right and responsibility to assess the roads which lie ahead, and those over which we have traveled, and if the future looks ominous or unpromising, and the roads back uninviting, then we need to gather our resolve and, carrying only the necessary baggage, step off the road into another direction.
Wouldn’t Take Nothing for my Journey Now, Maya Angelou
Let no man under value the price of a virtuous woman’s counsel.
When you lose touch with inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself. When you lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself in the world.
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
No man is so foolish but he may sometimes give another good counsel, and no man so wise that he may not easily err if he takes no other counsel than his own. He that is taught only by himself has a fool for a master.
Hunter S. Thompson
Consult your friend on all things, especially on those which respect yourself. His counsel may then be useful where your own self-love might impair your judgment.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca