"Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man’s growth without destroying his roots." Frank A. Clark
How true, this statement is. There are times, when we must point out things that are wrong, or even suggest a better way. Winston Churchill said "Cristicism may not be agreeable, but is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things." Many times we are focusing on those things, verses the person. I know that I am not the expert in this, but having been the receiver of some negative criticism, it makes me more aware of my words to others.
Remembering the golden rule is so important in instances like this. We never know "where" the person we're talking to is in their life. We don't know what they have going on at that moment, and sometimes in the heat of a discussion, we forget that they are a sweet, tender person with problems just like us.
Think before we speak - so many times we've heard this, and so many times we all forget to do it. Let's remember to keep that criticism gentle and loving and then be willing to help.