Painting by Belynda Wilson Thomas

It’s easy to be a critic, but being a doer requires effort, risk, and change. Wayne Dyer

It is so easy to be a critic and I find myself being critical of what is being done to correct problems even though I don’t have a clue how to solve the problem.

I was listening to Wayne Dyer on YouTube last night, he said he had eight theories about raising children but then he had eight children and no theories. Our theories may help us to go forward thinking we know what should be done, but we may find as we tackle whatever issues we have, environment, climate change, population growth, foreign relations, poverty, water scarcity, etc. that our theories fall by the wayside as we move toward one solution and then another. Why do some of us believe we can’t face the challenges ahead of us when we have faced challenges in the past?

Do we think we aren’t as strong as people in the past? Do we think we aren’t as smart as people in the past? Do we think we aren’t as committed as people in the past? Do we think enough people can’t see what is important as they did in the past? Do we think we are the only ones with the right answer? Do we not even agree on what the problems we need to address are?

I think virtue signaling makes us think we’ve done something when we haven’t done anything at all. Nodding our heads or liking something isn’t taking action. We have to take action to make things happen.

Be an encourager. The world has plenty of critics already. Dave Willis

My son talked me into taking action. I joined the Conservative party so I can be one of the people who decide on who our next Conservative leader will be. It’s better than shaking my fist, and railing against the decisions others make. I might join the Liberal party when it is time for them to choose their next leader as well. I don’t think it is a small thing to stand for election. Most are making a sacrifice to become our leaders; it is a thankless job because everyone thinks they know how to do it better than the leader. No matter what decisions are made, or directions are taken critics are telling them they are wrong.

Yesterday, I railed against the carbon credit system. I don’t think it is a good system. Some people will get rich selling carbon credits and I don’t think they will have done a thing for the environment, but the long view may be that these credits will be a catalyst for real change down the road. It’s so easy to be a critic but coming up with real solutions is not so easy.

If we have to let the critics criticize and the doers do, which one do we want to be? If we can be thinkers that do and doers that think we can better deal with the challenges ahead.

The doers are the major thinkers. The people that really create the things that change this industry are both the thinker and doers in one person. Steve Jobs

A leader is always first in line during times of criticism and last in line during times of recognition. Orrin Woodward

If you can’t tolerate critics, don’t do anything new or interesting. Jeff Bezos

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