The Cycle of Criticism

When we criticize others, we open ourselves up to criticism.  We set ourselves up against an impossible standard.  As soon as we, ourselves, make a mistake, which will inevitably happen, our own words and attitudes toward others become ammunition to be used against us.  No one is perfect.  We all have flaws and make mistakes. …

The Flaws Of Others

When we find ourselves criticizing others, whether publicly or in the privacy of our own thoughts, we should stop to consider where we have been guilty of the same attitudes and behaviors that we find so objectionable.  It is highly likely, with some rare exceptions, that, at one point or another, perhaps even currently, we…

Patience With Progress

There is no use in beating ourselves up for our flaws and shortcomings.  Being forced to live with them and with the knowledge of them is punishment enough, especially considering the fact that, much of the time, they are beyond our control anyway.  Certain things about who we are, certain characteristics, behaviors, and thought processes…

Mistakes After Mistakes

It is important to not be so vexed by another person’s behavior that we find ourselves mimicking it in response. We are all susceptible to having our feelings hurt, especially when we feel slighted, embarrassed, or taken advantage of. This is only natural. We are emotional creatures. But, it is what we do with these…

Transforming Our Flaws

There will always be certain things about ourselves that we would gladly change if we could, but, for whatever reason, we are unable to do so. They follow us everywhere we go, gnawing at our heals and weighing us down. The harder we try to get away from these attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors, the stronger…