The problem of criticizing others
is not deciding who is right.
It is that we are judging others.
This quote from Venerable Wu Ling reminded me of a time I met a very well-known guitar player. I sat with him before soundcheck at one of his shows while on tour a few years back. One of the questions I asked him was “What has been your biggest challenge in life, and how did you overcome it?” – to which he said “I try every day not to criticize others. That is an ongoing challenge.” He elaborated and asked me not to publish what he shared, but his first statement stuck with me. Here’s a man who has toured the world and worked with so many talented people in his life. Yet, he reminds himself every day to not criticize or judge others. My respect for him has never been higher since.