Criticism is the adult cry

Criticism is the protest of loss of connection.

Last weekend I criticized my husband.

When what I really wanted was deeper connection.

It was our 17th wedding anniversary. We had a lovely “staycation” at a friends’ house, taking care of their dogs, enjoying quality time without kiddos or parents around. (We live in a house of 6 in case you didn’t know.)

I asked Marc what he wanted to do for our special time together. 

He replied, “sleep in, make love, nap, eat.” In that order.

I snapped back, “you sound like you’re caught in the animal realm.” (I was judgy, Like he’s a dog or something.)

Oops. That bombed. 

Criticism is the adult cry

What did I really want or need in that moment?

You see, the tender soft animal in me really wanted rest, sex, and food, too. But the highly motivated Go Getter in me wanted to GET SHIT DONE. Like editing my memoir, having our money talks, doing our podcast, etc. I needed my mind to settle before indulging in carnal pleasures.

At times, I get swallowed by the chronic doer inside of me. Thank God I have my husband to remind me to surrender into being.


From that tender place of being, we enjoyed an amazing weekend of connection, rest, sex (lots of it), food, and completed my wish-list, too.

  • Marc read the first three chapters of my memoir and offered feedback.
  • We had our challenging financial discussions and came together as a team.
  • We interviewed for the Soulful Couples podcast (stay tuned for a link to that later).

What happened you might ask? How did we switch from conflict to connection?

  • We remembered conflict is growth trying to happen.
  • I returned to tender, opened my heart, and surrendered.
  • Marc turned toward me instead of away, and returned to the bigger “we.”

It felt magical, but it’s not really. We are two consciously committed and lovingly connected humans who tenderly forgive ourselves for not being perfect and courageously express ourselves for what we really want. That is love. 

Who are you when you surrender to your natural state of being, not doing?

After all, we are human beings, not human doings. 

3 Replies to “Criticism is the adult cry”

  1. I was reading your blog, please don’t block reading with pop ups that don’t easily close. If the email had not returned me to blog, I’d be adding your email to spam list now or unsubscribing – just a heads up.thank you for your work

  2. Same pop up issue as the other two posters, I would definitely change that! (The “x” ro close it is grey and it was difficult to close… pop ups are always annoying to readers- I much prefer the side bar sign up link, personally!)

    But the content here was really good. I like the “criticism is the adult cry” and I related a lot to the entire article. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

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