“A man interrupted one of the Buddha’s lectures with a flood of abuse. Buddha waited until he had finished and then asked him, “If a man offered a gift to another but the gift was declined, to whom would the gift belong?”
“To the one who offered it,” said the man.
“Then,” said the Buddha, “I decline to accept your abuse and request you to keep it for yourself.”
It’s hard not to think you should if you hear it from your hairdresser, your friend or a perfect stranger. But you made this decision for you. You decided you wanted to live authentically and love you, just the way you are. So while people will always give you their two cents, you have a choice.You can do two things with unwanted criticism – take it to heart or leave it.*image by claymor