My parents used to tel me this AWLL the time growing up. They both used to speak to me in riddles and it would piss me of to no end because I had no idea what the hell they were talking about. Then they would follow up with: You’re going to thank me for this one day. I do, people get frustrated with me some times because in the middle of a conversation I will spout out one of my parents’ array of sayings.
I learned the meaning of this scripture in particular just the past few years. Now I mentor people (I’m actually pretty decent at it too) and at the beginning of every year I tell them things knowing they will ignore me, only to come back to me at the end of the year to tell me how right I was. I nod politely. I’m used to that working, so I tried it on a friend and it backfired. The friend came to me for advice, I gave them this great advice (I took it myself a few times), and they disregarded my advice only to come and complain to me when it did not work out in their favor. I finally got fed up and de-friended them. I realized that one, they were a bad friend to me, and two, they were subtracting the value from me life, so when that situation arose for the 5th time I parted ways.
During my weekly reflection, I realized that it was indeed a good decision on my part. For two and a half years I had been trying to help this person when they sought advice from me, but never have they actually done anything with the jewels I was placing before them. Taking my jewels and walking away from the table was liberating and I smiled because I had finally understood one of the riddles my parents always spoke in.