“If someone is criticizing you, “agree quickly” – which means “get yourself in neutral.” Deal quickly with the tendency to flare up and resent the critic, so that you can deal impersonally with the criticism. It may be a helpful comment that will mean blessings to you. If it is not justified, you can easily discard it without personal animosity.
However, if you do not make that quick agreement – if do not dispose of the adversary of your own negative reaction right at the outset, you may well create a poison within you that will extract a tremendous price in terms of peace and well-being. You may carry this person on your back in hurt and anger for years. But it is completely in your mind, for your thought is your life.”
Eric Butterworth, in “Discover the Power Within You”
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