The Flip Side
I think it's important to address another aspect of being authentic in Blogland. As with real life, any time we share our authentic selves with others, we open ourselves up to possible criticism. We understand that this is the risk we take. This criticism can result from being misunderstood or judged. Sometimes we are criticized by folks who are jealous. It can come from a variety of reasons, but come, it does, at one time or another.
So far, I've been fortunate and have not received any negative comments here. Of course, I only just started two months ago, so I realize the possibility is out there. And, as I shared in my last post, and from the comments I received, the more genuine and transparent we choose to be, the greater the risk of being criticized.
I'll be the first to admit that I'm not all that good when it comes to criticism. Let's face it, it doesn't feel good. It hurts. Yet, I've been encouraged and inspired by what I read here by others who have dealt with this. What I've come away with is that the benefits from being authentic here far outweigh the risks.
I'd love to know what you all think. Have you experienced criticism, and, if so, how have you handled it?
The next post on this topic will be the last, and the one in which I share a bit of what J and I have been dealing with here at home. I will be as authentic as possible while exercising discretion and discernment so as not to compromise our family's identity, for obvious reasons. A tricky thing sometimes, and definitely a delicate balance to strike.