At our workplace, sometimes the leadership puts out these blanket criticisms. They will say something like “We must attend to our tardiness, I notice some teachers are arriving late to class”. Everyone feels like it must be them because we are all late on occasion. Sometimes people will even feel cranky about being told that, when it is not even them who it is ‘directed’ at. I have no idea who it is directed at here or there. It’s always good to reflect on my behaviour and act in response to that opportunity. I appreciate it.
It is difficult to be nice when giving negative feedback. Good on you for trying. No need to make excuses.
You know, I’m kinda with Cameron on this one. Writing when you’re angry or disillusioned or whatever (with PMT? can’t say from personal experience) means you’re likely to let your passions loose — and therefore write what you actually feel rather than what you think is “appropriate”. Self-censorship can drain all the impact out of a story.
My colleague Zern Liew says he loves it when I write my angry rants, because I tend to write more directly, with more force.