Blowout: a sudden rupture or malfunction of a part or an apparatus due to pressure
I did not do this post yesterday because I came home from a meeting feeling like the photo above. After weeks of asking for help with a fall carnival at church, I finally get some feedback a mere 6 days before the event. I was afraid the sudden rupture or malfunction of a part was going to be my brain exploding from the frustration. Someone was trying to tell me that direct mail that will hit mailboxes looking like junk mail would be an effective way to tell our neighbors about the carnival. A discussion ensued about other issues that I had already resolved with my pastor. Luckily he came to my aid and moved the topic along but not before I was worried the pressure in my brain would appear as steam coming out of my ears.
I know that I need to get better in those situations. I am very bad at taking criticism and I'm sure it showed on my face. I want to be able to accept new ideas or different ideas than my own and hear them with civility and without being defensive.
I'm not sure I accomplished that last night. But I hope the next time someone chimes in with less than helpful ideas, I will handle the situation with grace and kindness.