Sponsored by chick-fil-a.com/Locations/OH/Southern-Park LK 12 ...“Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.”...Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich in what matters to God.” MT 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the Kingdom of God.
It's not easy to hear criticism about yourself.
In fact, for many a sensitive soul, it's one of the tougher challenges here on the third rock; given that so many of the humans are comfy and contented with judging others -- often without such trivial information as, you know, facts.
I often think to myself, or say aloud to my inner circle, "I mean, who actually SAYS that???" every time a particularly sharp verbal dagger is catapulted between the shoulder blades of some poor, unsuspecting earthling.
I'm especially sensitive to the ones attached to my favorite Peeps, you dig?
I'm not sure when the gruffer among us will actually get it: Words Matter. They have weight. Oh and here's another newsflash: Hurting others with them is wrong. Period. #MentalPain
Yes, grown-ups need to be able to take constructive criticism. And most us do willingly, at least those of us who want to learn, grow, and be better humans.
But vocally carving apart your colleague, subordinate, friend, significant other, or family member like Thomas Turkey at dinnertime on Thanksgiving...and in a way that's neither helpful nor kind and without useful purpose or positive intent - well, that's a little something people do to make themselves feel good or important or smart or relevant.
Slicing someone to bitty bits just because you can doesn't make you great; it makes you exactly how you leave your victim: sad.
So, think about what you say, how you say it, and whether or not it's serving a noble purpose. At the very least, shush already if you have nothing useful or kind to offer. Besides, karma's like Roz in Monsters, Inc. She's watching you, always watching--and so is somebody WAY more important, Capisce?