“I have already settled it for myself so flattery and criticism go down the same drain and I am quite free.” – Georgia O’Keeffe
Well, I guess we all like to hear flattering words – it feels good – can be affirming. Or, we can spend our lives seeking approval, waiting for someone else to validate us or something we have done. Both sides of the same energy. One affirming – one crippling.
It seems everyone is a critic at some point or another. We criticize the government, our teachers, religions (my personal favorite), our spouse, friends, art, music, literature, blogs – you fill in the rest. My criticism of you or your work is simply my opinion. It has very little to do with you and everything to do with me.
As an artist, I expect Georgia O’Keeffe had to learn this lesson early in her career or she could not have expressed her creativity as fully and completely as she did. We are all creative. Isn’t it the most fun when you are in the flow of your own creativity, your own imagination? Time falls away. Genius at work! Your own inner critic takes a vacation.
The next time you feel yourself being bound up in flattery or criticism, remember they can both “go down the same drain” and you can be completely free. How cool is that?