When I was younger, I thought a lot but my ideas tended to be rash and conceited. I’d like to think what defines my growth is the zen I am now trying to embrace. It is not easy, mind you, for I am naturally easily prickly, impulsive, and scornful (not exactly my best qualities but we all have bends that need straightening up, don’t you agree?).
With these characteristics, you can imagine how I might have reacted to negative criticism. It was a two way road actually: sometimes I would take the negativity and use it for growth while other times I would smite the person who made the negativity first then use it for growth. I was a mouse trap before but now I am working to be a flaming C4 daily. Before I react as a reflex; now I react as necessary and always with stability and higher thinking, or at least I try to. It is not about being stoic or apathetic, but about being a filter of what matters and does not.
After that long self indulgent introduction, allow me to share my piece of blackout poetry. I took this from Proverbs 24-25. I just copied the words down because I could not bear blackout my Bible, I hope that is okay, addie? It follows the same theme as I have mentioned above. My friends, always remember that an idiot can be mistaken as wise if he only keeps his mouth shut. Negative criticisms, if they do not change the truth, never matter.
Speak Not With Your Mouth Full
(Or Life Is A Bitch, Learn To Fuck It)
Thinking beyond the heights of the sky or
The depths of the ocean, take impurities out of opinion.
Learn and you will never live shame.
An idea well expressed is valuable, reliable, refreshing;
Like cold water in the heat of harvest time.
Control your anger – curses cannot hurt you…
Unless you deserve them.
They are like birds that fly by and never light. A fool
makes as much sense as tying a stone
to a sling; he is not as smart as he thinks.
Evil, hate, lies brings nothing but rain.