Today, know that other people's criticisms of you may not always be based in truth or a desire to support you. Sometimes the criticisms are more about the other person than you - that person's envy or competitiveness or comparison or self-justification or limited perspective or faulty opinions. Especially if we have absorbed those opinions from close friends and family early in childhood, we may accept them, unquestioningly, often causing burdensome shame and self-doubt. Today, experiment with letting go of messages about your faultiness. Consider that those very traits that have been criticized may be some of your greatest strengths, or at least served you in meaningful ways.
Tarn Wilson is the author of the memoir The Slow Farm and numerous essays. You may read more of her work at tarnwilson.com.