Some criticisms are constructive, while others are not. Regarding my writings and podcast, I have never been afraid of criticism. The words and reactions from critics inspire me to continue to be vocal in expressing my thoughts through writing and speaking.
I believe in the free expression of ideas. I like to share my thoughts and opinions through my words – both spoken and written. I write articles, letters to the editor, op-eds, etc. It is always my goal to see my writings being published. Furthermore, I speak – on stage, standing at a podium, on camera, and in front of a microphone. One of the ways I convey my message out to the world is through my podcast.
Through written and spoken words, I highlight problems, propose solutions, and draw attention to issues that need to be addressed. But in the process of writing and speaking and sharing my comments and ideas, I face criticism from my readers and listeners.
Many people express their appreciation for my work. They tell me how much they enjoy listening to my podcast and reading by articles. Each kind word I hear brings me tremendous joy.
On the other hand, there are those whose views are different from mine and those who do not agree with my opinions on social and political issues. Disagreements are often expressed as concise messages stating opposing views. Then there are times when disagreements can prompt someone to mock my viewpoints. Those who read my writings use professional language to counter my arguments. But then again, sometimes I am on the receiving end of harsh words from a critic.
Regardless of criticism, I never feel discouraged. In fact, words of criticism provide me with inspiration to continue to write and speak to express my thoughts. A writer faces many obstacles including, but not limited to, strong statements of disapproval from readers. No matter what, one who is truly committed to writing and speaking must never deviate from the path of free expression of thoughts.
When people react to my writings, whether in a positive or negative way, I know that my words are being read. The greater the intensity of criticism, the more I realize that my words are reaching people far beyond my circle of like-minded friends, and the more I continue to march forward to utilize my God-given talents.