21 Folly brings joy to one who has no sense,
but whoever has understanding keeps a straight course.
22 Plans fail for lack of counsel,
but with many advisers they succeed.
23 A person finds joy in giving an apt reply—
and how good is a timely word!
Wisdom changes a person’s appetites. The fool finds pleasure in senseless things, and sees no reason to change his ways. But through understanding the amusements of folly lose their appeal, giving way to the deeper enjoyment of a life well lived. “it is simply no good trying to keep any thrill: that is the very worst thing you can do. Let the thrill go — let it die away— go on through that period of death into the quieter interest and happiness that follow — and you will find you are living in a world of new thrills all the time. But if you decide to make thrills your regular diet and try to prolong them artificially, they will all get weaker and weaker, and fewer and fewer, and you will be a bored, disillusioned old man for the rest of your life.”
“Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisors they succeed. A person finds joy in giving an apt reply, and how good is a timely word!” It is not only for the sake of your own success that you ought to seek counsel, but also for the joy of those whose advice you request. Most people would rather give advice than receive it, but good relationships are built by listening. Sometimes a conversation can be life-changing, how different things would be if you had not allowed that person to speak into your life! Whatever inconvenience a sincere relationship may be, is far outweighed by the blessings it can bring.