Del Williams


When They Make You Afraid to Be You

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recently I came upon a circumstance which resulted in my doubting myself and questioning my abilities. I can easily find evidence to contradict the doubt, but it's like the 'Seinfeld' episode where Jerry was so upset about the one guy who didn't like him, that he went to insane methods to find out why.

Fortunately I have a friend who KNOWS me and knew what to say, and it helped, but I noticed I was hesitating before doing this item I had be criticized about. Actually "criticized" is a generous word since they actually gave no reason for their criticism.

Being the kind of person I am, the not knowing why is bugging me. I admit it. I love to know the why. When I was in college I had a professor who used to get so irritated because I had questions. I stopped asking after a while, but now I see that was one of the best things I did instead of others who pretended to know.

In this case there will be no answer, but I am becoming okay with that because one critic does not mean it's true, or more importantly that I am compelled to believe them. No one gets that kind of power over me anymore, no one.'

I wonder how many people who were criticized by people who didn't know them, but only a glimpse of them, have stopped doing what they are passionate about because of that one critic. I dare say quite a bit.

Whatever you are, be a good one. - Abraham Lincoln
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