Episode 59: Advocate vs Criticize

 When’s the last time you criticized something or someone?

What about the last time you advocated for someone or something?

Hear more about both, and one of my favorite quotes…

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Welcome to Love Tidbits, episode #59: Advocate versus Criticize 

We frequently hear a lot of advocating and criticism with anything related to politics, religion, and a myriad of other things.

I stopped watching the news a couple years ago, so I don’t hear as much as I used to, but I do find it fascinating to hear people advocating and criticizing various things. We all have different perspectives, and I’m so grateful that most of us have the freedom and agency to advocate or criticize. 

To break this down a little more, let me share some definitions.

To advocate is to publicly recommend or support a particular cause or policy. 

To criticize is to indicate the faults of someone or something in a disapproving way. 

I remember back when my boys were little and in elementary school. I was talking to Jeff about how over the top I thought some of their classroom parties were.  Criticizing the amount of money and time I thought was wasted on a couple of these events. The interesting thing was, I was not volunteering to help. I was not advocating for what I thought would be more useful in these classroom settings. I was just whining to Jeff about them, which wasn’t helping anything. 

I love the thought I heard a while back: advocate from the inside rather than criticize from the outside. I think about this a lot. If I’m not willing to be a part of something and advocate for change, then me criticizing from the outside is not very useful. 

You may have noticed this in yourself or in others doing the same thing.  Expressing disapproval of someone or something, rather than getting involved and helping to implement an idea, a suggestion, or a better way to do something.

Now, I’m not saying we need to get involved in everything, but I do think it’s helpful to notice when we are criticizing something or someone.  What’s that about? Why aren’t we willing to get in and advocate for what we believe in, and instead stand back and criticize. 

I appreciate this quote from Dale Carnegie. “Any fool can criticize, complain, and condemn – and most fools do. But it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving.” Now, I’d add to this, it also takes love for ourselves and the people around us, to advocate for what we believe in. 

So the next time you notice yourself criticizing from the outside, ask yourself if there’s a way you could be a part, you could get involved, and you could advocate from the inside to make the changes you and probably others would appreciate as well.

Advocate from the inside, rather than criticize from the outside. Hmmm, something to think about. 

Have a good one y’all, and here’s to advocating and love. 

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