Criticizing is Easy, Art is Difficult – Why? – Read this beautiful story of a painter.
Once upon a time there was a painter who had just completed his courseÂ under disciple hood of a great painter. This young artist decided toÂ assess his skills of skills so he decided to give his best strokes onÂ the canvass. He took 3 days and painted beautiful scenery.
Suddenly an idea flashed in his mind and he decided to display it on aÂ busy street-square of that small town he was resident of. He wantedÂ people’s opinion about his calibre and painting skills.
He put his creation at a busy street-crossing. And just down below aÂ board which read-“Gentlemen, I have painted this piece. Since I’m newÂ to this profession I might have committed some mistakes in my strokesÂ etc. Please put a cross wherever you see a mistake.”
While he came back in the evening to collect his painting he wasÂ completely shattered to see that whole canvass was filled with XsÂ (crosses) and some people had even written their comments on theÂ painting.
Disheartened and broken completely he ran to his master’s place andÂ burst into tears. Sobbing and crying inconsolably he told his masterÂ about what happened and showed the pathetic state of his creationÂ which was filled with marks everywhere. Such was the state thatÂ colours were not visible, only things one could see were crosses andÂ correction remarks.
This young artist was breathing heavily and master heard him sayingÂ “I’m useless and if this is what I have learnt to paint I’m not worthÂ becoming a painter. People have rejected me completely. I feel likeÂ dying”
Master smiled and suggested “My Son, I will prove that you are a greatÂ artist and have learnt a flawless painting.” Young disciple couldn’tÂ believe it and said “I have lost faith in me and I don’t think I amÂ good enough. Don’t make false hopes..
“Do as I say without questioning it. It WILL work.” Master interruptedÂ him.Â “Just paint exactly similar painting once again for me and give it toÂ me. Will you do that for your master?” Master instructed.
Young artist reluctantly agreed and two days later early morning heÂ presented a replica of his earlier painting to his master. Master tookÂ that gracefully and smiled.Â “Come with me.” master said.
They reached the same street-square early morning and displayed theÂ same painting exactly at the same place. Now master took out anotherÂ board which read -“Gentlemen, I have painted this piece. Since I’m newÂ to this profession I might have committed some mistakes in my strokesÂ etc. I have put a box with colours and brushes just below. Please do aÂ favour. If you see a mistake, kindly pick up the brush and correctÂ it.” Master and disciple walked back home.
They both visited the place same evening. Young painter was surprisedÂ to see that actually there was not a single correction done so far.Â But master wasn’t satisfied as yet and he told his disciple “May beÂ one day was too little a time for people to come up with ideas andÂ take out time out of their busy schedules to correct it so let us keepÂ it here for one more day. Tomorrow is Sunday, so we can expect someÂ corrections coming in.”
Next day again they visited and found painting remained untouched.Â They say the painting was kept there for a month for no correctionÂ came in!
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It is easier to criticize, but difficult to improve.
If you want toÂ help people improve their behaviour it is worth investing your effortÂ in learning how to help people change theirÂ behaviors, attitudes andÂ skills. Also, always remember not to get carried away or judgeÂ yourself by someone else’sÂ criticism and feel depressed as you are the best judge to judgeÂ yourself. Take Criticism in your stride, consider those which areÂ genuine and implement those which you think is the best to improve youÂ as a person!!