“Only fools let compliments get to their heads and criticism get to their hearts.” unknown
4 people-5 opinions. You can’t please all the people all the time. Despite my rhetoric to remind me of this ancient truth, I am still concerned when I know that I have disappointed someone. My 30 years as a minister’s wife fueled the mandate to please everyone. Of course, that is impossible, yet that was my daily goal. When I finally realized that demand was unachievable, I gave up that goal. Then I had to figure out, how would I please myself.
I had not gotten in touch with what I wanted in a lifetime. I had to let myself out to see what I had to say. I am still listening.
However, a new truth is evident to me. I will make mistakes and I will inadvertently hurt people. People may be hurt simply because I do not agree. I no longer have to pretend to agree with everyone I come in contact with. Whew! What a relief that is! I can be nice, but I do not have to give up my thoughts to inherit another’s.
But, my skin is still thin. I am trying to let it thicken. Who knew that process could be so painful?
“You have to grow thick skin and that only comes with time and learning.” Karlie Kloss