Recently acquaintances said something about how I look. It was not very flattering at all. I kept on telling myself, perhaps they meant well. Perhaps they were genuinely concerned. No matter what their intentions were, it still hurts to hear. It took me days to forgive them. It ruined my happy times with family and good friends. I let it get to me. What a shame.
No matter how strong a person you are, when someone deflated your ego, you still crumble inside.
I took a leave of absence just to heal from this lash. I guess I get a little bit more sensitive as I age.
This somehow taught me to be more tactful with my words. I will also refrain from saying something about someone I hardly know. Even to their faces because I know how hurtful truth can be.
If we are really genuinely concerned about our friends, choose our words carefully. Find solutions together. Not blatantly criticize. If we do not have any solutions and proper encouragement, just keep quiet.
Maybe one day I will look back and laugh at this incident. For now, I am licking my wounds and watch Star Trek ha ha!.