My dad has a saying I think of often - "To criticize is easy, to do better may be difficult."
I don't necessarily criticize a whole lot of things, but I do try to copy them. Writing (a blog, lately), throwing a party, trying a new exercise at the gym, taking pictures of kids, to name just a few. Lacking my own creativity, I guess that I am a shameless copycat!
Almost every time, two things happen - 1) I fail almost completely, 2) I suddenly respect the person and their skills much more.
Lately, my tidbits of writing have opened my eyes to all things written in a new way. I've started to pay close attention to the words of my daily heroes: an interesting novel author, a faithful blogging friend, a journalist. Two of my main hobbies, taking pictures and cooking, are like that too. The more I attempt and fail at them, the more I respect those who do them better than me!
Tempted to criticize? Try the task first. Gain some respect for another person. Pass on a compliment.
"To criticize is easy, to do better may be difficult."
Turns out, who am I to criticize? I'm off to share some compliments!