Silence the critic and unleash appreciation

By Chris Ogle on May 30th, 2019

It is very easy for us to take the high road when we discuss things with others. To look at ourselves as somehow righteous where others can be condemned for the things they are doing.

We are probably all doing things that contribute to the sustainability of the planet and yet also participate in other things that also compromise our efforts. I look out for the planet in many things I do and yet fly regularly… I know this is supporting an industry which does great harm with regard to CO2 emissions. We are beset on all sides by conflicting actions which makes ‘sinners’ of us all.

All of us are different and at various stages in our lives… all on ‘our own journey’ as we like to say in Link4growth. There is no right or wrong… we do what we do, from the position of where we are right now.

Let he (or she) who is blameless cast the 1st stone… where do we go from here?

Quite a conundrum isn’t it?

I saw this image on Facebook the other day which struck a chord with me…

We are all doing our bit, all struggling to do our best whether we are aware of our impact on others or not, whether we know what others are doing, or ignorant of things that are in desperate need of a solution.

As Brené Brown famously says about being in the Arena, it is easy to be a critic, to be judgemental of others. But in truth, we have never walked in another’s shoes, we can’t know all they are doing, we can only isolate and focus on one (or maybe more) aspects of a person.

But we can do better… we can appreciate people and the good that they do. As the picture above states, there are plenty of things that need doing, and there are plenty of us that could help out.

To co-create a future that works for the majority… ‘the majority’ will need to participate. If we were to all focus on the good that we do, and open our eyes to what else is being tackled… collectively we could transform our world…


Now that’s worth exploring…

Chris is passionate about community and has been involved with Link4Growth and community building since the start in 2012. Chris now devotes most of his time to facilitate connection, collaboration and community in the district of South West Herts as well as supporting the Link4Growth Association.

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