Blog 25 Explanations

“Instead of being filled with all the passion and purpose that enable us to offer our best to the world, we empty ourselves in an effort to silence our critics.”
(Oprah Winfrey)
Friends, family and acquaintances all judge us. But friends and family are meant to provide support. If they do not play a supportive role, no matter what choices we make, then they are just critics. No one can live our lives for us and no one makes exactly the same journey here on Earth. So mere critics, no matter how close they may be to us, need not silence us.
I just re-watched a remarkable psychological counseling session that was filmed many years ago. It is known as “The Gloria Film”. It is a counseling session between Carl Rogers, a renowned therapist and advocate of a counseling approach called unconditional positive regard, and a 30-year-old woman named Gloria who was suffering from a variety of psychological problems preventing her from moving on with her life. After the session Gloria’s self-regard increased and she said she felt heard and empowered. She said the session with Dr.Rogers reinforced her ability to move forward and changed her life.
I believe our friends and family should play that kind of reinforcing role in our lives. They should be there to listen, but also to provide support. Ultimately we must all learn our own lessons, no matter how painful they are, or how triumphant they might make us feel. So don’t just be a critic and if you receive criticism, separate yourself from those who don’t support you.

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