Do you criticize?
All of us have been in a position to criticize or put down someone. Do we ever gain by doing such a thing? Doing so is a reflection of who we really are inside. More we put down and criticize, more we become negative and spiteful. It might make us feel better by putting others down but we need to be aware that the damage being done to our target is also damaging ourselves. It blinds us.
Below is a great story illustrating the perils of criticizing not realizing the issues were really within.
A businessman was highly critical of his competitors’ storefront windows. “Why, they are the dirtiest windows in town,” he claimed. Fellow business people grew tired of the man’s continual criticism and nitpicking comments about the windows. One day over coffee, the businessman carried the subject just too far.
Before leaving, a fellow store owner suggested the man get his own windows washed. He followed the advice, and the next day at coffee, he exclaimed, “I can’t believe it. As soon as I washed my windows, my competitor must have cleaned his too. You should see them shine.”
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