In a piece entitled Processing negative reviews Seth Godin writes:
"Assumption: Some people love what you do. They love your product, your service, the way you do your work (if that's not true, this post isn't for you. You have a more significant problem to work on first).
"So, how to understand it when someone hates what you do? When they post a one-star review, or cross the street to avoid your shop, or generally are unhappy with the very same thing that other people love? It's not for them. They want something you don't offer. Or they want to buy it from someone who isn't you. Or they don't understand what it's for or how or why you do it.
"Some of these things you can address by telling a story more clearly, some you can't. Either way, right now, they're telling you one thing: It's not for them. Okay, thanks for letting us know."
so true... don't you think.
Too often we take take everything so personally. but you know what?... sometimes people honk their horn…and it’s not at you but at the world around them, a world that they are angry with or having trouble navigating. we have to be strong enough in who we are as people to just let that stuff slide off our skin. Jesus taught us that we must resist using words of violence...like saying “f*@k you”... that could might trigger something larger, and instead say…”okay, thanks for letting us know.”
Adding to Seth's sound advice, Jesus would also say pray for that person.
Lord God, we are all weak at times and carry the burden of life upon our tired shoulders. Give peace and strength to all of us so we can live in harmony with one another as Christ taught us. Amen.
38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; 40 and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well;
An ex-copywriter turned punk rock pastor and peacemaker who dedicates his life to making the world a better place for all humanity.
"that they all might be one" ~John 17:21
“Prius vita quam doctrina.”
~ St. Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274)
* “Life is more important than doctrine.”