There is a request, might even be a plea at this stage, to hand write an answer to the following question. What is the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you? and submit it to the artist who is embarking on a rather interesting installation piece for an exhibition in Scotland in March. The details of what exactly is being asked for and the deadline for submissions can be found on The Society of Scottish Artists website. I understand the deadline for submissions has been extended to the 24th January and that might be extended again. Anyway this question has had me thinking back and forth remembering all sorts of advice I have been given over the years both pre and post becoming a monk.
And the winning advice? ….comes from a former head of our order, Rev. Master Daizui who said many times to many people, Never give up on anybody. A close second comes from another monastic, Remember, everybody has a good heart for you. Given the course of human connections which can become strained these two pieces of advice have stood me in good stead. Although I rarely have had need to call on them though.