“When you speak with a good motivation, does it mean that you will always be successful in not saying things that are unpleasant to others? No. People will find a way to be offended even if nobody is intending to offend them. We know that ourselves, don’t we? Sometimes people tell us things out of kindness, but our eg
o doesn’t like to hear those things, so we get upset and angry. We accuse them of speaking harshly to us when actually the words were said out of kindness and compassion.”
– Venerable Thubten Chodron
As teachers, as instructors, as mentors, and etc,. we often must motivate, make constructive criticism, and instruct. We do so at times where we must be firm and tough but with good intentions. There is times when people need to hear the truth so that they can choose to better themselves or not to. We are only responsible for what we say not how others will take it.
Master Jonathan Field