Teach less, remind more

Last week my eye doctor told me I had dry eyes. Suddenly things clicked in. I was reminded of how drying the weather has been. If my eyes are dry, my whole system is. And I was reminded of how dryness affects my productivity, mood, vitality, optimism and overall well-being.

I knew what to do about it. I just needed to be reminded. My world improved in the 36 hours it took for my methods to kick in.

My friend Sherry told me about a quote she liked about how we need less teaching and more reminding. I find that perspective helpful. I don’t give advice much to my friends, but I do remind them of things they know, but may have forgotten. And they do the same for me. It seems more respectful of each other.

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