Speak what you think now in hard words, and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said today. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Imagine your future self, ie, you 10 years from now. If he/she were to send you a tweet or text message, 1) what would it say and 2) how would that transform your life or change something you’re doing, thinking, believing or saying today?
(Author: Tia Singh)
I received a tweet today; ten years after beginning my wedding and portrait photography business. It contained only 16-characters, far fewer than the Twitter allowance of 140. It contained one word, “Congratulations!” A smile rapidly crossed my face as I read and reread the tweet.
I am unsure if the Tweet I received was life transforming, It would be life affirming.
I like the photographic work I produce and take great care to produce the best work I am capable of producing. I read and practice constantly because I know I am not capable of knowing everything there is to know. I am okay with this fact and I am okay with the additional effort I must expend. I am proud of the work that I complete and smile brightly when I receive feedback from clients who tell me they are happy with the outcome. Honestly, if I didn’t need to charge my clients, I wouldn’t. I also realize there will always be individuals for whom my dream for a successful photo shoot will be overshadowed by their definition of perfection.
This unhappiness, real or perceived was something which I struggled with immensely over the years until I realized it was my own definition of perfection; a definition so high it might be unattainable by any human being.
Congratulations Chris on your continued success!