Monday, February 9, 2015
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“To escape criticism—do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” --Elbert Hubbard, American author (1856-1915)
Whatever we do, whatever we say, or whatever we are, we won’t please everybody. More than likely someone somewhere will find something about us they can criticize. I’ve read that ten percent of people will not like you no matter what you do or don’t do.
And some people seem to enjoy finding fault with others. Those people couldn’t do a task any better, but they can easily find fault with the way others are doing the job. If you don’t take criticism very well then you can follow the quotation above and folks won’t see anything about you to criticize. They’ll soon move on to someone else.
Let’s turn this around and examine ourselves. Do you easily judge, find fault, or criticize other people? Take care that you try not to do so because “When you
point your finger at someone, three fingers are pointing back at you.” —Anonymous
It gets tedious being around someone who is constantly critical. I try not to be that kind of person. You know the saying, “If you haven’t walked in my shoes ….”
Rather than being critical, I try to look for the best in people. If I can find something about a person to appreciate, I emphasize that rather than dwelling on negative thoughts about the person. How about you? Mother Teresa said, “There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread.” Let's try to spread around the love and appreciation.