A young father goes to the doctor. He has been experiencing some discomfort in his shoulder. His physician recommends that he see a physical therapist. The doctor’s concern is that if the man doesn’t begin to work through the stiffness and pain in his body, his mobility will be even more limited than it is now.
The young father goes to work the next day. Someone at work tells him that the discomfort is no big deal and will work itself out. The colleague went on to tell his friend that he didn’t need to bother with physical therapy. Unfortunately, the young father chose to listen to the friend at work instead of the doctor. Sure enough, his mobility is now even more limited.
A single mother is having car trouble. Her next door neighbor is a mechanic at a local car dealership. He encouraged her to take her car to a mechanic as soon as possible. He was concerned about the condition of her brakes. Meanwhile, a guy at work said that this was probably no big deal and the repair could wait until her payday next week. She listened to her coworker rather than the mechanic. Unfortunately, that weekend her brakes went out totally as she attempted to stop at a traffic light at a busy intersection.
Do we listen to the people who have the knowledge, experience, and wisdom to give the best counsel? Or, do we instead follow someone else’s emotional reaction or their advice based on the anecdotal experience of a second cousin?