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. – Winston Churchill
When I was younger, I used to think that pain equaled weakness and it was something to ignore and work through. I also used to think that criticism was an assault against me personally. As I’ve grown, I’ve learned that pain is a warning system in the body and should be acknowledged. I’ve also learned that criticism should be heard and acknowledged.
Acknowledging pain sometimes means stopping and fixing the problem as when a massage can get the kinks out of the back and neck. But it also means recognizing something cannot be fixed such as a cranky knee. I acknowledge the knee and then go on with my life.
Criticism should be handled the same way. Acknowledge it. Determine if there is something that can be fixed. If so, fix it. If not, move on and live your life.
Reference: I never metaphor I didn’t like by Dr. Mardy Grothe (2008) Harper Collins Publishing
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