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Sunday, January 17, 2010

responding to criticism

Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.

Criticism feels uncomfortable, and it may take effort to sift through it and discern whether the critical words were well founded. Or maybe they were undue and harsh, indicating that the 'unhealthy state of things' was in the speaker's hand. Often, it's a mix of both.

Deciding how we'll respond - whether we'll make a change, ignore it for now or request that the other cease and desist - are all difficult choices.

In any event, the experience gets our attention and makes us a little more alert to our situation and relationships.

O don't enjoy hearing criticism, but I appreciate the wresting, learning and growth that comes as a result.