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My husband and I recently returned from a week-long trip to Florida. I worked some on my writing, but mostly I drank up the sunshine and warmth. The respite from mid-western cold and snow was a much needed treat.

But during the week, I did have to face several critics. As a writer, I know about critics. The ones I saw last week, however, helped me reflect on the many varieties of criticism we face in life.

There are critics who sit around waiting for you to make a mistake. Like when you drop a sandwich crumb, which they are prepared to steal immediately.

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There are critics who ignore you. These are the ones who turn their backs when you need help.

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There are critics who want only to hang you out to dry.

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There are critics who add their own opinion to everything you say. Even when they’re just squawking.

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And there are critics who ridicule your every effort. They also throw their weight around when you least expect it.

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Thank goodness, my critique groups don’t fit any of these categories.

What kind of critics do you face in your life?

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