Being Kind to One's Self

I immediately thought about how the desire for perfection keeps me, I think us, from being present. I don’t come right out and say I want perfection, but I sure do dismiss my work, implying a need for perfection and by that discarding and discounting my expression and myself. Maybe I should start telling myself that my work is all that it needs to be today and that is enough—being present with my work and, like a relationship I want to grow, loving and accepting it.
Our work deserves a champion and that champion should be ourselves.
Champions don’t only see what our photos can become, they also relish in what they are. Can I, can we, look at our work for what it’s given us today, not what we wish for tomorrow. I struggle with this, but in my trials, I try to remember that my photos maybe represent those parts of myself, of us all, that, like children, deserve to be protected. Can we give that to our craft?

Can we be present in our work? Can we be the champion our expression deserves?
Henry Lohmeyer

Henry's quote certainly got me to thinking about my own work rather it be photography, knitting, weaving or any of my other endeavors.  I enjoy learning to do new things and quite often once I have acquired a new skill rather than staying with it and becoming more proficient I am on to the next thing.  The problem with this comes in when I see other's work, I compare my own and it falls short.  They put in the work while I am on to something else and then I wonder why mine is not as good.  I want to learn to accept myself and my "butterfly" nature and appreciate what I do accomplish.  My desire to is be my own champion and appreciate what I do create instead of judging my efforts so harshly.

Often I feel as though my words to myself are the waves rushing on the rocks....harsh...Learning to be gentle and kind to one's self can be so much harder than being kinder to others....

Hugs and blessings,

Nancy