In the journey of life, we have many lessons to learn. Age does not stop the process of learning. I believe the day we die is the day we stop learning; yet how well we learn and implement that which we have learned, is dependent on how we recieve feedback. The type of feedback we get is the part in which we learn how to navigate along the journey. Negative feedback often has traits of criticism. Possitive feedback comes with correction. Criticism will open the mind to fear and fear of failure enters the heart, where love should be.
Criticism is based on falt finding, putting down, judegement based on the percieved outlook of the person giving the criticism. Often, this is done with lack of knowledge or understanding and it can even be the the lack of wisdom. Wisdom is the ability to apply knowledge and understanding to a situation. Those who are critical often struggle with low self-esteem and self-worth as fear of failure resides within.
In life we become products of our learning environment. So, take heart and be mindful of the lanugage you use towards yourself and others. Will you act out of love to correct or will you act out of fear and criticize? The language used in correcting starts with 'I' and the language used in criticising starts with 'You'.
I encourage you to stop and reflect on your perceptions of others and even yourself. When we correct with love are desire is the best for the other person. We learn best through love, we grow best becasue we know we are loved, we do our best because we believe we are loved and accepted.