May 15

Reflection

It might be good to stop and reflect on how we react to what we perceive to be criticism. It might be helpful to consider our reaction when someone doesn’t agree with us. It is certainly easy to cross the person off as not really understanding us or as uninformed, or even as just being critical. But is that realistic? How many of us have an unbiased view of ourselves?  How many of us really want to hear that in a particular situation we are not making the best judgment or acting in the best way? How many of us can listen with openness? Once in a while it is good to step outside our bubble of perceived self-perfection and really hear the “feedback”.

Prayer

Speak, lord, your servant is listening.
1 Samuel: 3-10

Action

Be open to the opinions or comments of others.  Distinguish between what is constructive and what is purely negative. Use feedback as a corrective toward self-improvement.

Suggested Reading

Speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.
Ephesians: 4-15

He is on the path of life who heeds instruction, But he who ignores reproof goes astray.
Proverbs 10:17

If you listen to constructive criticism, you will be at home among the wise.
Proverbs 15:31

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

The final proof of greatness lies in being able to endure criticism without resentment.
Elbert Hubbard

We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve.
Bill Gates 

Every human being is entitled to courtesy and consideration. Constructive criticism is not only to be expected but sought.
Margaret Chase Smith

Christlike communications are expressions of affection and not anger, truth and not fabrication, compassion and not contention, respect and not ridicule, counsel and not criticism, correction and not condemnation. They are spoken with clarity and not with confusion. They may be tender or they may be tough, but they must always be tempered.
L. Lionel Kendrick

Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man’s growth without destroying his roots.
Frank A. Clark

Positive criticism is a good friend. Insincere flattery is a fake friend.
Dr T.P.Chia

Criticism is something you can easily avoid by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.
Aristotle

An acquaintance merely enjoys your company, a fair-weather companion flatters when all is well, a true friend has your best interests at heart and the pluck to tell you what you need to hear.
E.A. Bucchianeri

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