I don’t like receiving criticism. I don’t think many of us do.
But there is a way to say it. We all know when someone is criticising us from a place of spite. It hurts and it lacks empathy.
There are others who give constructive criticism. This comes from a place of love. The person reaches out to help us – to move us forward, not backwards into negativity.
On my first gap year, I worked at a Retreat Centre and one of the leaders, Fr Dave, knew how to constructively criticise. He spoke with kindness, compassion and love. He’d often make a light joke about our mistakes so we could look back and laugh about it. Our egos don’t like criticism, but sometimes we need humbling. We’re not always right and we can always learn from our work.
Have you given or received some constructive criticism in the past week?