“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.”
— Jack Kornfield
Who is your harshest critic?
I criticize myself very easily. Unfortunately, sometimes I also criticize other people too easily for my liking.
When I recently told my husband that I think I am maturing, he turned to me with his usual good humor and asked, “Why would you want to do that?”
I always appreciate his efforts to keep things lighthearted, especially when I am down on myself. What I meant by feeling more mature is because I am learning to understand that criticism is my first response, and I need to wait a moment to let it pass so that I can see the good in a situation or in another person.
It’s the end of the year now where most of us take stock of our year, whether it’s in your job, or our household, or your own small business. We wrap up this year and start to think about the year to come.
To help us look back on this year, and plan ahead for the year to come, how would you like a sandwich?
How about a “P-N-P sandwich”? This is a “positive, negative, positive” sandwich and it refers to giving feedback in a way that can be well-received.