It takes a rare person to want to hear what he doesn’t want to hear. – Dick Cavett
“Accepting criticism is difficult for most of us.
“We not only cheat ourselves out of the serenity that comes when we accept our fallibility, we also miss the opportunity to learn from others when they offer helpful criticism.”
I will not turn from my critics today and will try to evaluate their words objectively.
– “In God’s Care*: Daily Meditations on Spirituality in Recovery,” June 3
*As We Understand God
I have to say that I’m not one to mind constructive criticism from others. I seek to improve myself, in order to improve my life, and also so that I can be of better service to Spirit and others. I pride myself in being objective and as long as the person dispensing the criticism is coming from a loving space and is accurate in their assessment, I think I’m amenable to hearing their words.
Unlike many others, I also like change. So perhaps I am open and receptive to constructive criticism because it contributes to change. After all, growth is change, and that is what can proceed from constructive criticism.
I’m sure coming to believe in a Power Greater than Myself contributed to me being more receptive to constructive criticism. I know I’m not alone when it is delivered and I can ask Spirit for guidance in how to interpret what has been offered to me and then ask for next steps, if any. It is also an opportunity to feel grateful for the person and their input. And, during those times when criticism may not be delivered lovingly or be accurate, I always have Spirit to lean on to get through emotions that arise. There is always an opportunity to learn and grow, and I am never alone.