"Those who criticize you make you significant; those who envy you make you great." © Shoshan
Hey there, friend,
I was scrolling through social media the other day and found myself pondering about the impact of negative words. You know what I mean—criticism, envy, all that stuff we often dread. What if I told you that sometimes these seemingly negative things can actually serve as indicators that you're on the right path?
WHY WOULD ANYONE CRITICIZE YOU?
First off, let's talk about criticism. It's usually not pleasant to be on the receiving end of it, but have you ever stopped to think about why someone would take the time to criticize you? Oddly enough, people often critique others when they feel that the other person is significant or impactful in some way. In that sense, criticism can be a convoluted acknowledgment of your importance or relevance. Of course, not all criticism is constructive, but the mere act of being criticized suggests that what you're doing matters to someone, somewhere.
THE GREEN-EYED MONSTER
And what about envy? Envy is essentially an admission by others that you possess something they wish they had—be it success, talent, charisma, or anything else. When you evoke feelings of envy in others, it’s generally a sign that you're ahead in some way that matters. Envy, as uncomfortable as it may be, can be a badge of your greatness.
TURNING NEGATIVITY INTO STEPPING STONES
So, how do you deal with the sea of negative comments or envy-laced glances? Instead of letting them weigh you down, consider using them as stepping stones. Negative comments provide you with the opportunity to reassess, reevaluate, and if necessary, readjust.
FUEL FOR THE JOURNEY
At the end of the day, we can't control what others think, say, or feel about us. What we can control is how we react to it. The truth is that negative energy can be turned into positive momentum. The next time someone takes a jab at you or you sense that someone wishes they were in your shoes, take a moment to remember that these are actually signs you’re on a significant and potentially great path.
So, here’s to you and your significant, great journey ahead.
For you, who wake up every day to chase your dreams, even when the path feels steep and fraught with hurdles. When the weight of criticism and envy feels too heavy to bear, remember that each negative word only reflects your significance and greatness in the eyes of others. You're not alone on this journey, and these words are for you: "Those who criticize you make you significant; those who envy you make you great." © Shoshan