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If you want to avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing. (Aristotle)
Museum of Broken Relationships: the facts. Photo Credits: Museum Website
As I’ve been thinking about friendship and what it entails – read last week’s Friday Heirloom on friendship at the Palais de Tokyo – it is interesting to look at the other side of the coin, too…
See, in any and every relationship there is often a brokenship, be it with your friends, your lover(s), your family members or at work. Be it even with someone you just met!
And this can happen for many reasons.
The biggest one for me is “criticism”. Sometimes people say things that are actually the measuring stick of their own lives. Other times they say things out of jealousy. Or, maybe, because they have a ton of free time at their disposal and saying mean things is simply just what they’re good at.
But we don’t know what is really going on with these people, and we probably never will. They may have their own issues to deal with and mean words are all they can contribute to the world.
But listen, if someone has been overly critical to you and their words keep coming up in your mind, just shrug them off! Never give away your power. Don’t let these people affect you and poison your soul. Live by the rule “be kind or leave”.
On the topic of broken relationships, early last week I run across the Museum of Broken Relationships, both a physical and virtual space founded by two exes who were struggling to divide their possessions after they broke up (this is different from criticism, but both situations can be heart-breaking).
The museum basically features random objects that people saved from former loves, like a wedding dress in a jar or a magnifying glass. It has its permanent bases in Zagreb, Croatia, and Los Angeles, U.S.A., and travels to cities around the world.
Here you find my favorite shared break-up items:
“I hate throwing perfectly functional items in landfills but would hate to see someone walking around in my once beautiful but now sadness infused dress.”
“When I moved out, and across the country, I took the toaster. How are you going to toast anything now?”
“I never did get why she gave me a magnifying glass, nor did she ever explain what it meant. But she always said she felt small whenever she was around me.”
For more examples, check out the full source here.