I have been a long time reader of Danielle Hampton’s blog Sometimes Sweet. She is such an honest writer that I find myself craving her next post. It’s always such a relief to know there are genuine people in the world even if you just know their virtual side. She is hosting a community activity on her blog featuring her skills as a former English teacher and I am so excited to participate. A little late in the game, as usual for me, but I am going to start tackling her journal prompts right here in my little space for you all to read. You don’t have to, but you know, you can if you want. You can also participate as well!
“Sometimes it can be hard to hear criticism from others. I know for me it’s something I may always struggle with- being a people pleaser, etc. At the same time though, constructive criticism can be very helpful, and allow us to look at ourselves in a new light and maybe even grow and change. Take a step out of yourself. If you were on the outside looking in, how would you critique yourself? What things do you see that could change or work on? This isn’t about tearing ourselves down; it’s about really looking at ourselves and seeing where there’s room for growth. “
Lately, criticism and I, or really any sort of someone noticing a hint of a shortcoming of mine, has not been going very well. The logical side of me says to just roll with the punches but for some reason I have instead been punching myself and making big messes whenever I make a mistake. Thank goodness my husband is so patient, because truthfully I have been going through some sort of big transition and its tough. If I was on the outside looking in at myself, I would step inside and slap me. Really. I have got to perk up in the midst of all of this chaos. Now for the most part I am, but I feel like I’m always on the tipping point these days. Its a very delicate dance I’m doing to keep my wits about me while we are so overwhelmed with traveling and work and parenthood and housing limbo. All I can say is, I have it so good and I need to stop this attack on myself for not being perfect and definitely stop snapping at those who are just trying to help.
And scene. That prompt got real. Que deep breathing and smiles.
Lots of love,