Embracing Criticism

05 May 2015 Written by 

Do I take criticism as an insult and a betrayal? Can I hear it? Can I receive it? Or am I only interested in laying the blame at the feet of anyone else rather than receiving it for myself?

Righteous indignation can fill my heart as I perceive myself to be a martyr. Perhaps I respond with anger….or with hot tears of protest. I can easily turn it into a full-fledged drama.

However, if I can accept my character defects without blame, shame or guilt, I am free to respond differently. I can accept that I am not perfect, and never will be. I can listen and learn, and I can humbly ask my Higher Power to remove my shortcomings.

I find that keeping an open mind is the best way to listen and learn. Is there some truth to be heard in this criticism? Am I humble or am I still playing the martyr? I get to choose how best to respond.

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Amy T.

Raised on a dairy farm in upstate NY, I learned to work hard along with my five siblings. I grew up in a very conservative Mennonite-Amish church which shaped a lot of my fundamental core values and beliefs. After moving to Florida to attend college, I married and became mother to five children. Eventually, my unmanageable life came to a crashing halt and I found my way into an Al-Anon recovery program. Recovery has affected every area of my life and I love sharing the things I am learning with others so that they might also find hope for their own recovery.
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