What's the best advice you're ever been given?

(351 Posts)
Flickstix Mon 21-Jan-13 21:40:52

Be it from mumsnet or real life!

obrigada Tue 22-Jan-13 10:02:03

mumtoone 'wherever you are there you go'. very apt advice for me this morning!

fledtoscotland Tue 22-Jan-13 10:19:51

Beebawbabbity- think it must be. It's commonly used round Glasgow. Tis v true.

milk Tue 22-Jan-13 10:27:47

The greatest things you'll ever learn is how to love, and be loved in return.

Lottapianos Tue 22-Jan-13 10:32:12

'Just because someone writes your name on a bag of rocks doesn't mean you have to carry it'

Love this smile

You don't have to do what people expect of you

The most important thing in life is you - if you don't take care of yourself, you cannot take care of anyone else.

No such thing as 'overthinking'. It's just thinking. And in any case, it's better than 'underthinking' smile

Booyhoo Tue 22-Jan-13 10:37:57

'wherever you are there you go'.

what does this one mean?

whatphididnext Tue 22-Jan-13 10:42:10

'Just because someone writes your name on a bag of rocks doesn't mean you have to carry it' smile Brilliant.

I am going to tell this one to my DS1 when he gets home. He carries the weight of the world sometimes.

from Rodrigues - "A monkey in silk is a monkey no less"

whatphididnext Tue 22-Jan-13 10:44:23

I think it means that you take yourself wherever you go, and I think it's wherever you go, there you are.

So for example, if you were in a difficult situation and you don't change the way you feel about yourself or your behaviour, you will take the same crap into the new relationship/job/situation/country etc

fuckadoodlepoopoo Tue 22-Jan-13 10:45:43

You can't control how others behave, only how you react to it.

(really reduced my anger and stress levels that one did)

wriggletto Tue 22-Jan-13 10:54:01

If not now, when?

MoominmammasHandbag Tue 22-Jan-13 11:08:34

Love is a verb.
It doesn't matter what they do, it only matters what you do. (I think the last one is in a Terry Pratchett book. He has some amazingly wise and moral sayings.)

xxDebstarxx Tue 22-Jan-13 11:20:20

Don't try and be a perfect mum, be a good enough mum.

Don't sweat the small stuff.

What's the worst that can happen?

Does it really matter?

Don't try to do something, do something!

Flossiechops Tue 22-Jan-13 11:22:59

My mum advised my 17yr old self not to have the tattoo that I so desperately wanted. She was right, I should of listened to her sad

GingerPCatt Tue 22-Jan-13 15:46:45

The bag of rocks quote came from a great blog tomatonation.com. She does a brilliant advice collumn.

KellyElly Tue 22-Jan-13 15:50:58

Time is a great healer. A cliche but very true.

Be kind to yourself.

You can't be responsible for the behaviour of others.

Take responsibility for your own actions.

Seize the day.

PostBellumBugsy Tue 22-Jan-13 15:59:48

"Above all be the heroine of your own life, not the victim" - Nora Ephron

I chant that quote to myself so often, when I'm having a struggley moment. Find it really motivating - it makes me think as though I were advising myself what I'd do, if I were the heroine of my own life and not actually myself stuck in a quandry or rut. Not sure I've explained that very well!

PicaK Tue 22-Jan-13 16:12:44

Never cause fear and never feel fear - english uni lecturer

Layer your scent - random bridal magazine. I loved being on honeymoon with the shower gel, the body lotion and the perfume!

Never scruple to employ mendacity or a fictitious appearance of female incompetence - Amelia Peabody

Whatever it takes - on looking after babies

FrankellyMyDearIDontGiveADamn Tue 22-Jan-13 16:25:06

"No is a complete sentence"

Also a friend gave me a card when I was 19 and having an awful time with a lying, cheating boyfriend which said "No man is worth your tears, but the one that is will never make you cry". Soppy yes, but it helped me be strong and move on. 18 months later I met my now husband grin

Lottapianos Tue 22-Jan-13 16:26:31

That's a fabulous quote PostBellumBugsy, thanks for the reminder smile

magicrat Tue 22-Jan-13 16:41:54

Never trust a man who supports two football teams. After all, if he can't even be faithful to a football team...

Abra1d Tue 22-Jan-13 16:48:26

Sometimes just getting through to bedtime without having killed your very small children or teenagers is the best you can hope for.

VitoCorleone Tue 22-Jan-13 18:25:32

Being bitter is like drinking poision and expecting somebody else to die.

Soooo true, people let bitterness and resentment eat away at them whilst the person who made you feel like that is not affected at all, they dont give a shit, you're only ruining your own life and wasting your own time.

If you don't love yourself, how in hell you gon' love somebody else? - Ru Paul grin

vision123 Tue 22-Jan-13 18:31:18

If you have not got the money, you cannot afford it.

It is not how much you earn it's what you spend it on.

Flickstix Tue 22-Jan-13 18:53:19

I love this thread!

SoftKittyWarmKitty Tue 22-Jan-13 19:22:04

What other people think, say and do, is always about them and never about you.

You can't argue with stupid.

The squeaky wheel always gets the grease.

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