This post is part of SoCS. “Stream of Consciousness Saturday”.
Our Friday prompt of Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “critic (al).” Write about the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the word “critic (al).” No editing is required. Let’s start!
“Criticism is something we can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.”– Aristotle
Criticism is everywhere. A critic controls it. You get unsolicited advice or a strong opinion. It can be daunting, hurtful, persuasive, and/or emotionally disturbing. How do you manage this?
I work in a healthcare management team. I get this almost every day. I make decisions when mediating staff conflict. Either one accepts and the other completely disagrees. He/ She may agree for the sake of ending the discussion. No resolution at all and my decisions are questioned.
How do we describe a critic?
- A critic expresses an unfavourable opinion.
- A critic may or may not accept a resolution.
- A critic is strong and will powered.
- A critic is a person who judges and evaluates.
- A critic won’t accept feedback of his own.
In reality, we truly cannot control what others have to say, whether it’s good or bad. So how do we respond to it in a positive way?
Here are some of the ways I can suggest to handle criticism:
- Don’t take it personally.
- Take a step back from the words and process them objectively.
- Think about “It’s not about the person but the issue”.
- Believe in yourself.
- Make your stand.
- Build your confidence.
- Don’t get intimidated.
- Realize you can’t please everyone.
- Use negative feedback to grow.
- Get inspired to change for the better and learn from it.
There you have it. This may not be applicable to you. You can be my critic in this piece. An opinion can be valid, productive, or necessary. There’s nothing wrong with criticism as long as the value of respect is present.
As the saying goes ” If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all”-Anonymous
Here are the rules:
1. Your post must be a stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing (typos can be fixed), and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.
2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.
3. I will post the prompt here on my blog every Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The,’” or will simply be a single word to get you started.
4. Ping back! It’s important so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.
5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read all of them! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later or go to the previous week by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find below the “Like” button on my post.
6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!
7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.
8. Have fun!