I was viewing some photos from an aspiring photographer the other day.
They were pretty good.
They were a good start.
But they weren't stellar.
And he knew it.
He threw up his arms and huffed, "If I can't be perfect right out of the gate, FORGET IT!!!!"
I was encouraging. "No, these are good photos. And you're at the beginning. It's going to get better from here."
Then I went home and painted the most hideous crapola dumb dumb painting ever. I threw up my arms and huffed, "FORGET IT!!!!"
Whilst I stewed in my own feelings of inadequacy, my mom popped up on video chat. I showed her my hideous crapola dumb dumb painting and she exclaimed, "That would look GREAT in my kitchen! You know my birthday is coming up."
I beamed, "Thanks mommy!"
I don't know if she meant it or not. She might even hang the painting when I visit and stow it in the closet once I leave. I don't care. Her nice words about the painting made me feel like Picasso.
So I learned a little about the power of encouragement today. Even after I click "Publish Post," Blogger gives me this message of encouragement:
My blog post published successfully? Wow! Awesome! That's fantastic!
Encourage the artists in your life. It means so much.
Also from Hugh MacLeod @ gapingvoid.com