Wednesday, May 4, 2016

May's Picture The Possibilities

Clouded Sulpher by Darcy Sime Photography - https://www.flickr.com/photos/djsime
Flower of Pride Quote - http://www.asquareofchocolate.com/

Do you often catch yourself gazing at the green grass on the other side? By this, I mean, wishing you had what someone else has or maybe you're a little bit jealous that they seem better off than you. Or, that they're accomplishing greater things and you're wondering...what am I doing wrong?

It's quite possible you're doing everything right. 

That's right for you, anyway. 

It's easy to get caught up in comparisons and devalue your own accomplishments. I write about this, because I can be guilty of this myself. In the blogging and writing world, comparing to others can deflate your self-worth quicker than Donald Trump saying you're “unattractive both inside and out.”

Writing and talking about it helps me to put things in perspective. 

It's really important to recognize the things you've accomplished. No matter how simple. I made my first pitch to a retail store to carry the book where I'm a contributing author. 

They declined. 

I was disappointed. 

It put me in a downer mood for a moment and I was pretty hard on myself. Then Mister O reminded me that it was a wonderful achievement to have had my story picked for the book in the first place. I needed to move on and keep trying. 

Marketing myself doesn't come easy for me. It's been a journey of baby steps, for sure, and I need to recognize the growth. 

The point is I know many of us may devalue the steps taken in the journey. Just keep patting yourself on the back and be careful of making comparisons to the greener grass on the other side. 

Because, the seedling you have planted and watered has now grown into a proud flower. 


Picture the Possibilities!



This is May's installment of my monthly series called "Picture the Possibilities."  I'm collaborating with talented photographer, Darcy Sime, who brings inspiration, beauty and wonder through her amazing photos.  I hope to share the inspiration and beauty by combining her photos along with my writing creations. 


Put your smile on and unwrap
   A Square of Chocolate,
Laurie O 

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10 comments:

  1. I always tell myself that if I have a computer through which I can blog, the time to write, and something to say, no matter whether it is ground-breaking or earth-shattering, that I am doing better than most of my fellow travelers on this planet! Have a wonderful day!

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    1. Yes, putting it all in perspective makes for a better day! You're already following a positive path. Thanks Nancy!

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  2. I've heard a few reasons why the grass is greener on the other side. One is that the grass on the other side is fertilized with bull****. The other reason is if you notice your grass is not as green, it's because you are not cultivating it properly.

    Mary
    #AtoZChallenge Reflections and #IWSG

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    1. Mary, love it! Especially, that it's fertilized with bull****. Have to keep cultivating and planting, cultivating and planting. Thanks and have a great week!

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  3. You're so right! We need to remember the steps along the way. Just like the flower, we need rain and sunshine in order to bloom.

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    1. Thank you Lori for your comments and have a great week full of sunshine :)

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  4. Lovely encouragement, thank you. I hope your determination holds until your pitch gets accepted :)

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    1. Thanks for your encouragement Lizzi!! Glad you stopped by.

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  5. Love this, Laurie. I needed to read this today - thank you! Good luck with your pitch.

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  6. Thank you Corrine! So glad it struck a chord - we all need a little boost and a reminder at times. :)

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