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In this diverse world we live in there are many different belief systems. There are many backgrounds from which people express their opinions, and when those opinions are directed at you, it makes you fertile ground for criticism. Though the source is unknown, I find this quote fitting “when we judge or criticize another person, it says nothing about the person; it merely says something about our own need to be critical.”

Because we work, socialize, and mingle with people of different races and cultures, we often see things differently whether the topic is philosophical, cultural, religion, or politics. Have you ever asked yourself, “why am I being criticized because of my decision?”  It is hard to relate to what you don’t see. So, we do what is familiar to us. We resort to our comfort zone.

However great the intention might be, criticism can start simply, with a few words being directed toward you. But as you hear them, you may start to feel stupid or even rejected. Being criticized can be a tough thing to handle, even though it can end up being very useful to help you grow or improve upon something you do. Charles Schwab said “I have yet to find the man, however exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism.”

As always, never give up! Never give up! Never give up!

Stay tuned for the conclusion of this series, in next week’s post.

Chaplain Walter Ghosten

By Chaplain Ghosten