Dear Artist: Criticism can kill you

Dear Artist

Make it your mission never to criticise anyone. As artists we receive enough of it from society; in ceasing our own criticisms, complaints and condemnation, we each enrich the world and stand as exemplars to all men.

“Bitter criticism caused the sensitive Thomas Hardy, one of the finest novelists ever to enrich English literature, to give up forever the writing of fiction. Criticism drove Thomas Chatterton, the English poet, to suicide.

“Any fool can criticise, condemn and complain – and most fools do.

“But it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving.”

That was written by Dale Carnegie, in his seminal work, How to Win Friends and Influence People.

Strive to understand.

Forgiveness isn’t about doing something for someone else. It’s about freeing YOU.

When someone criticises you, therefore, forgive them and move on.

If you don’t, your art – or worse, your life – may languish.

Therefore, cease criticizing others lest you yourself be criticized.

Whatever you do today, may the love this creates in your heart shine through your art.

xx Leticia

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