Daring to Move Past Criticism – Daily Quote

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It takes a brave person to share their secret hopes, impossible dreams, or cherished aspirations with the world. We work on cultivating positive thoughts, believing in ourselves, and dispelling our fear of rejection. Then we take our precious babies and announce their existence to friends and family. If we are lucky, they respond with understanding and support, but often they attack our fledgling ideas with criticism, shooting them down before we can fully develop them.

Those helpful individuals are quick to point out all the reasons you can’t, they poke holes in your premise, deem your logic faulty, or claim your plan is ill-advised. No one will ever go for that, they say. Those energy vampires can get their fangs into our excitement and deflate our commitment. It’s not personal, they declare, but the criticism bites us to the core.

This is the season when we contemplate goals, and set resolutions for next year.  It’s tempting to let the naysayers impose limitations on our fondest wishes. Great inner strength is required to push forward, challenge the status quo, and attempt to achieve the unknown. It’s easy to listen to the cants, and buy into the torment they spread. Yet, how rewarding would it be to prove the canters wrong?

Do you dare to share your dreams?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

11 thoughts on “Daring to Move Past Criticism – Daily Quote

  1. I have learned over the years to keep my ambitions to myself, as I really cannot abide being shot down in flames by people who are supposed to care for me. I can handle criticism better once I have achieved what I set out to do, and if I don’t succeed, no one knows about it but me…

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  2. (Sigh), criticism is so easy. Of course we can see the downside of a proposition or an idea; humans are built to look for them. Besides outright criticism, I hate it when people question my decision under the guise of being helpful, but are really just poking holes.

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    • That is the truth, Jeff. We don’t enter into our decisions lightly. It often feels like those helpful people want us to fail. Or better yet, not try at all. Good thing some of us are stubborn. 🙂

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  3. I reveal only bits of my aspirations, and some I keep to myself. I also never talk about my disappointments, because instead of saying something like, “Oh that’s too bad. How about if we go for coffee,” the other person comes up with a bunch of reasons for the failures (things I could do better or differently) and we end up fighting about it. Suffering in silence is best.

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