“If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?” — Rumi
Many years ago, when I was studying to teach college writing, my mentor advised me to be gentle when providing constructive feedback to students. Any creative endeavor, including writing, serves as expressions of the ego, he argued. To criticize one’s expression, then, may be taken more personally than intended. Unfortunately, I dismissed his advice as being too “touchy-feely,” believing it more important to teach writers to develop a thick skin.
September 8, 2016