If you’re like most people, myself included, it’s easier for you to give out criticism to others then it is to receive it yourself.
In one sense I think we all wear blinders and rose-colored shades when it comes to our own shortcomings. I also think because most of us don’t consider a lot of the criticism we receive as good criticism (meaning factual and true), we out-right reject it. If you are hip you might use the universal ego booster via hip-hop lingo, “They just hating on me.” However, there is usually a trace of truth in even the most virulent criticism that we receive – truth that has the potential to help us grow and mature into our full potential
Yet since we are bound to dish it out – more than take it, I came across a acronym called THINK that I feel we would each be wise to use next time we get ready to tell someone off. THINK stands for, Is it: True, Helpful, Inspirational, Necessary, and Kind.
Just THINK about it when we find ourselves on the business end of someone’s sharp tongue-Most of us would prefer that their words be, True, Helpful, Inspirational, Necessary and Kind. As opposed to Harsh, Hurtful, Mean, Sarcastic and Unkind.
I know I would!
So remember – is it
THINK before you address someone!
The judge gave me 43,800 days
To build a nation
His prison, My university
His punishment, My salvation
Moses was raised in Pharaoh’s house
Old Pharaoh still feeding Moses at his table today
He fed Malcolm, Huey, Geronimo Pratt, Eldridge Cleaver, George Jackson,
Big Tookie, Mumia Adu Jabar
And now Old Pharaoh feeding me
Yet I have the blood of Nat Turner in my veins
The brains of Booker T
The brashness of Muhammad Ali
What Old Pharaoh going to do with me?
Right now I am eating in the kitchen, growing strong
Tomorrow I will own the table
Time to rewrite this American fable…
Reprinted from “A Windowless Room”, Trafford Press
The other day somebody dropped this jewel in my lap and I wanted to share it with you:
“He who walks with wise men (or women) will be wise” — Proverbs 13:20
It is Better to Be Alone Than in the Wrong Company
Tell me who your best friends are, and I will tell you who you are. If you run with wolves, you will learn to howl. But, if you associate with eagles, you will learn how to soar to great heights. A mirror reflects a man’s face, but what he REALLY is like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses. The simple, but true fact of life, is that YOU become like those with whom you closely associate-for good or for bad.
The less you associate with some people, the MORE your life will improve!
Anytime you tolerate a compromising attitude in others, it increases your compromising attitude. An important attribute in successful people is their impatience with negative thinking and negative acting people. As you grow, your associates will change. Some of your friends will not WANT you to go on. They will want you to stay where THEY are. Friends that don’t help you climb…will want you to crawl. Your friends will stretch your vision,or choke your dreams. Never receive counsel from unproductive people. Never discuss your problems with someone incapable of contributing to the SOLUTION, because those who never succeed themselves… are always first to tell you how and why you can’t. NOT everyone has the right to speak into your life. You are certain to get the worst of the bargain when you exchange ideas with, the wrong person. Don’t follow anyone who’s not going anywhere. With some people we SPEND our time, with others we INVEST it. Be careful where you stop to inquire for directions along the road of life-Wise is the person who fortifies his life with right friendships.
Happy moments? Praise God
Difficult moments? Seek God
Quiet moments? Worship God
Painful moments? Trust God
Every moment? Thank God
— Author Unknown —
“Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong that will be imposed on them”. Frederick Douglass