Don’t cast your pearls before swine

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.