Friday, January 14, 2011

Who are you listening to?

Taking a risk for me is frightening. I guess you could say I'm risk adverse. So, it goes without saying that I married the opposite. Ralph views risk as a challenge. A chance to prove what can be done.

When I bought my first 'nice' digital camera, I had someone ask me if I was going to be like everyone else now? I asked what they meant, and they said you know everyone who buys a camera like that thinks they can take pictures.

Gulp.

That's exactly what I wanted to do, but I encountered the first "you can't do this!" moment.

After that I was encouraged by a lady that I really admired. She encouraged me to shoot, play around with my camera and told me that I could do this. She took time to advise and encourage me. Thanks Kim Stone for the encouragement to start this.

I had another friend with whom I had many conversations with about following my heart. To listen to that desire that God had placed inside of me and wanted to grow. The many conversations I have had with Elizabeth Bennett have been a major source of encouragement for me.

There have been many more who have also encouraged me. My point with this post, is with all the positive being spoken, I would still go back to the one negative. The one conversation that would lead me to think that I cannot do this.

It's too big of a risk.

Until one day, it hit me. One person's opinion, is simply one person's opinion. Especially when someone doesn't know my heart.  Was I going to let someone who did not "know" me, define me.

The short answer was no.

My question for you is, who are you listening to? The one negative or the one positive.

My advice, take the risk and listen to the positive.

1 comment:

Phillis said...

Good Word Michelle!! I too often listen to the negative. You don't know me but I'm one of Robin's many cousins.I also went to school with your sister-in-laws for a couple of years. The other day your man twitted about having fried okra. Having grown up in B-town, I love that stuff! He sent me your method of preserving it so I'm anxious to try it.Blessings on your new venture. Your pics are great!! Phillis (Weldy)Wagler