Just some thoughts:
Why? Why is it?
I had coffee with a party this past week. Party has a hobby, an interest. A harmless one. One that I think they are pretty good at. Writing. Song writing in particular. This is an older party about my age and time in life and experiences. I have read the party’s works. Personally I find them pretty good and very interesting.
But for some reason that’s party’s spouse finds it necessary to be critical of that person’s works and interests . “Why you keep doin’ that? You are never gonna have any success with it. You’re wastin’ your time.” And so on. The party receiving the criticism maybe they kinda “laugh off” the words but one can tell those words are more than a bit biting to the receiving party.
Why are some so critical of another or even life in general. I had an aunt that loved to bird watch. As a kid we lived near a wooded area and when she and my uncle would come to visit my folks she would take some time from her day and go “bird watching.” As a kid I can remember how another relative would make fun of her. “Where’s ———-she out in them woods again sittin’ on a log looking for a yellow belly sapsucker?”
Even as a young kid I thought “what harm is it if she does?” Personally I was never interested in such but if ole aunt so and so wanted to sit on a log all day and watch the birdies fly by, so be it. (At that time and age I was more of the Brad Paisley school of thought, “Can I check you for ticks.”)
I have never understood why some folks find criticism more easily than encouragement. Why is it the “sky is always falling” and “what another is doing is stupid.” Why do folks look at the glass, some find it half empty and others half full. It is the same glass.
September 2, 2019