Seriously, don’t take yourself so seriously!




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Don’t take yourself (or your writing) too seriously.  Since our writing is often like our ‘baby’ or our ‘art’, we tend to take it seriously and seek to protect it from any criticism.  Even the best writers turn out a lot of crap amidst the good stuff (you should see the pre-edited versions!).  Just as every mistake is a new learning opportunity, every piece of crap or not so perfect piece we produce is a chance to learn something.  If we do not accept criticism, how will we learn?  The honest writer welcomes criticism (while recognizing that some is ‘eye of the beholder’ type things) as an opportunity to grow.


How do you respond to criticism?

Do you accept it as an opportunity for growth or do you take it personally?

Can you laugh?  –At yourself?  –At your mistakes?  –At anything that usually sets you off?

Do you see how laughter can improve — your life, your work, your attitude, your everthing?

What’s your philosophy on laughter?

one of the most laughter inducing photos i've ...

one of the most laughter inducing photos i've seen in a while. come back and look later... you'll laugh again (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Prescription:  1 deep down belly laugh every day.    Guaranteed to help you lose the attitude and maybe a little weight 🙂










  1. I love it! Great advice… thank you!

    • Thank you:) Thanks for dropping by Gram and Imma’s, Vince.

  2. Hi Franny, I found you again, yes I agree with you there are some things we can laugh about and need to do so but there are something’s we can’t and must never take lightly, like hurting God, others and ourselves, although we are forgiven when repented of and don’t have to carry around guilt and shame. King David and Paul were not happy Clappy about the wrong they had done and nor should we be, yes we can learn from them and we should not dwell on them but we don’t make them a reason for jesting.

    Being Dyslectic I find writing very hard unless being lead by The Lord, but I’m still a cracked vessel and make spelling grammar and punctuation mistakes, thankfully Jesus is our Super Glue, but often I’m amused by my mistakes and just put them down to mental fatatude Oops I meant fatigue 😀

    Lost it a bit Annie

    • Lol. Being able to laugh at those ‘typos’ and grammar mistakes is what this post is all about. No, we should not laugh at everything, but we should be able to laugh. I try to laugh as much as possible, even when life is hard and I feel overwhelmed. It makes life better. 🙂 Thanks for coming by Gram and Imma’s place! Angie

      • Hi Angie, Wow have I mixed up peoples Blogs and names, I will have to work out who Franny is now, are you sure you are Angie really sure… Hmmmm perhaps it was a typo error and you meant to say Franny … At least I know who I am or did before Blogging ????????

        Sorry for the mix up, yes I know you are tottaly amazed that I’m not perfect yet but never fear I’m aiming for it! see you soon with an Award – Angiefrany Oops!

        Muddled Annie

  3. Writing may be personal but reading is subjective. Nobody likes everything all the time. Another provoking topic, Angie.

    I welcome criticism only if it’s constructive. Sometimes I disagree. After all, it IS MY story but, once in a while a different look / approach helps open another window . . .

    I don’t REALLY laugh AT myself. I DO take myself somewhat seriously BUT, I can laugh easily and THINK maybe my skin is not so thin after all—as is necessary (sometimes). In general, depends what we’re talking about.

  4. Thank you. I don’t really welcome criticism, but I know I need it and try to look at it subjectively. Then I do what I want 🙂 I agree about that ‘depends on what we’re talking about’ thing. I tend to find funny things even in the most unfunny subjects though – one of my annoying habits??? lol. I like the idea of criticism opening another window as well. That’s a great way to look at it. 🙂 Angie

  5. authormjlogan

    I am with you Angela, I don’t welcome criticism, but I accept it when it is given in the right light and is non-judgmental. Criticism is a learning tool and absent or rejected, we miss the opportunity to grow.


    • Well said, Mike. No one ever said growth was painless. 🙂 Angie

  6. Laughter is essential and the ability to laugh at yourself is so important because it encourages everyone else to join in. As for criticism I guess it depends in the form that it comes as not all criticism is necessarily given with the intention of being positive. I do encourage criticism. Having gone back to study late in life I can see how much critical review of my work has helped me learn and do better. As for my philosophy on laughter – for me anyway it’s as essential as the air I breath and I’m thankful that it swirls around my life on a regular basis. Great thought provoking post.

    • It is the stuff of life 🙂

  7. Yes you are right Angie that we do try to protect our own writing. I do try my best to be objective as that is how we can learn more and increase the value of our work. A good topic here to explore!

    • Of course we do! It is kind of like our children, we protect them, but at times even perents have to admit their little angels are not perfect. Angie

  8. First, I want to thank you for following my blog. 😀 I loved this post. I am a complete supporter of “laughter does good like a medicine.” I usually can handle criticism when it’s constructive (unless it’s from my husband and then, it’s like someone came and delivered a hacksaw into my being … LOL!) I guess it all depends upon how personal the thing is that’s being criticized. But, I agree with you wholeheartedly. We can’t learn if we can’t receive. Thanks for this. (And the picture of the little boy is so funny!)

    • You’re welcome! Thanks for coming by and sharing your comments. I certainly hear you on that husband thing. I wonder why we’re like that? lol. I love that picture too. Too bad it’s not mine 🙂

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