In response to the Daily Prompt – Handle with Care – How are you at receiving criticism? Do you prefer that others treat you with kid gloves, or go for brutal honesty?
Kabirdas ji wrote a doha (couplet) –
निंदक नियरे राखिए, ऑंगन कुटी छवाय,
बिन पानी, साबुन बिना, निर्मल करे सुभाय।
Keep your critics close to you. Give him a cottage in the courtyard of your house, because he cleanses your nature without soap and water.
The prompt reminded me of the immortal lines by Saint Kabirdas ji. And, since I do believe in these lines I will appreciate the ‘honest criticism’ that comes my way as truth, how so ever bitter it might be, is not brutal as it reaps sweet fruits, for sure by bringing out the better in us.