When someone condemns our work, comments unkindly on our appearance, judges our parenting style or disapproves of any of our actions, it is a pure and total reflection of them, not us. Take relief and comfort that a critic's words often have nothing to do with you at all. Here are six reasons critics can be a good thing in your life:
Unfortunately, making new friends can be difficult. We may have made friends organically in high school or college, but that doesn't necessarily translate into making new friends in the real world. So if you're out of practice, or are out of ideas, here are a few tips for making friends as an introvert:
The practice of "letting it be," no matter what or whom we apply it to, is really an invitation and permission slip to ourselves -- to drop into and be in this very moment, with what it actually contains, and to stop having to reject 'now' in the hopes of a different 'now.' This is the true gift of "letting it be."
The truth is, when we feel young, it's nice to have a conversation with someone younger, reminding us how far we've come. And that our experiences have value. And when we feel old, it's nice to be reminded that we still have so far to go. Long stretches of time to make mistakes, and fail, and fail again.