In the last year or two, thanks to un-conferences like ShutterFest I've met so many new photographers and in turn made so many new friends. In many of the conversations, I've been surprised at the lack of confidence. I've met so many people passionate about the craft and working hard on their skill set. They're doing so many things right, yet they don't have respect or an understanding for their own empowerment.
This piece from Melody Beattie for today, February 17, really hit home.
But sometimes we run into those who, instead, try to convince us of their power, convince us that they have our answers, that we need them to be able to see clearly, that without them, we won't be able to find the way. They don't believe in us; they only believe in themselves. That's not empowerment. That's an approach destined to create dependency, often unhealthy dependency.
Cultivate relationships with people who make you feel like you can, who help you know that you're on track,right where you need to be. Spend time with people who help you know that you can trust yourself.
And during those times when no one's around, know that you can empower yourself."
And, here and there if you need a boost, a cheerleader to help, you know where to find me!