Isn’t it funny how so many people have criticism to offer? Not helping or good feedback but incorrect or misinformed criticism. This article is to help ignore the noise of the criticism and to help you decide what advice might help.
I heard criticism when I began my minimalist journey. Some told me I needed to own certain items and why I shouldn’t live without a TV. They said I disconnected from the world without social media. They claimed I was depriving my home without a television. I saw an important lesson among the criticism.
Look at the person giving the criticism.
You need not say anything or respond to their advice. In fact, it’s better to smile and say nothing. Criticizing my decision to live without a TV? Are those people happy with their time allotted to reruns and their expensive cable bill? It’s possible, and there is nothing wrong with their love of TV. That’s why I didn’t criticize them. I only chose that television wasn’t for me, at least at this point in life. That’s not to say I don’t watch TV anymore. I also considered what would happen if there was some event I wanted to watch. Now I would have reason to get together with other people. We can make television viewing a social experience.
Use this kind of thinking when you face a similar situation.
A couple of other examples I experienced pertained to fasting and social media. People claimed I wasn’t connected to the world when I left social media. One person who made that comment uses their account to complain a fair amount. I knew better than to take the criticism seriously and instead smiled. I know I enjoy the peace of mind and free time I have from leaving. Their decisions are right for them and mine for me.
I also faced this with intermittent fasting. Some would tell me what was healthy and what wasn’t healthy and I was not eating enough. Well, I know I’m not starving because I am me. Research also told me I could go without food for several weeks. Additionally, much of this came from people who were quite unhappy themselves. I joined their situation with their criticism.
So, what is the best advice to consider?
Listen to people who have been through your journey and those who have been through the same. This, because they have likely run into obstacles that you haven’t yet. Other’s may have found information on why you shouldn’t do something. Be sure to listen to the sources they mention and how much they seem to know the situation. This advice is invaluable.
The good news is that most make decisions to enhance life and not detract from it. Who would work to deprive themselves on purpose? It sounds silly, right? Know there are plenty of people who will say you are depriving yourself at times. Weigh their opinion according to their circumstances. Then, go from there.