Be on guard for the careless or rebellious attitudes characteristic of youthful inexperience. Just as a youth requires instruction, this is a good time to focus on learning lessons from a patient teacher or life experience. Is there a circumstance in your life that you have failed to comprehend completely, perhaps because you have failed to appreciate its inherent complexities? Be respectful of anything or anyone who has something to teach you right now. If your inquiry was about a relationship, ask yourself which of you is the student and which of you is the sage right now? If you are a parent, ask yourself: Who is being the teacher — you or your child?
In order to be ready for challenging times, let education be an ongoing part of your life. Develop the strong mind and will necessary to carry you through confusing times. The wise realize that experience, especially difficult experience, is a powerful teacher. But we cannot be forced to learn, even from experience. Be a humble student who delights in learning, one who nourishes his or her expanding awareness.
Examine your attitude for factors that limit openness. Observe how you deal with partners’ mistakes. You must let people live their own lives and learn their own lessons. Offer others your wisdom or advice, but only if they are receptive. Otherwise, give up trying to convince them that you are right — that is exhausting and counter-productive. If people are not receptive, let them proceed — into difficult or even dangerous circumstances. It is the only way they can learn, and without learning, no one can achieve success. This does not mean that you should not care — just that trying to take care of someone else can sometimes be harmful. Live and let learn.