“Timely advice is lovely, like golden apples in a silver basket.”
How many times have we heard, or said it ourselves, “I meant to tell you”? And usually that is accompanied with some regret from someone because that lack of timely advice or information left someone in a jam. Our business world is fraught with this communication gap. Too many times we either avoid the conflict or we just are too indifferent to the issue or person to put ourselves out there to go the extra effort needed. It’s a shame, because it comes down also to how much does one person cares about another? I ran into one of these situations with someone who wants to make a change with a person on their team. I asked, “Have you talked to them about the issues?”. They said, “I’ve been meaning too.” There you have it.
Solomon tells us that timely advice is good and he paints a wonderful picture. He could also paint the opposite of a rotting apple in a barrel with late advice. Let’s do our best to provide timely advice to others, even when we don’t want to, or we think they don’t want to hear it. If it is timely, they will then or later, be grateful.
Reference: Proverbs 25:11 (New Living Translation)