Advice is like snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind. (Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 18th-19th century English poet)

It’s winter now, and as the snow falls, it might be helpful to put aside the reluctance to shovel the walks and remember Coleridge’s analogy. It’s not always easy to accept someone’s well-intentioned advice, but when it’s given softly by a trusted friend or counselor and we let it sink in a bit, it may be a great encouragement in our emotional and social growth.

Those who take advice are wise. . . Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life. (Proverbs 13:10; 19:20)