Thursday, February 28, 2013

Doing the heavy lifting



Photo by Laurent Schwebel
Sometimes you have to do hard things. It's easy to put things off if you're afraid of doing them, or if you don't want to face something.

This week I did something I've been avoiding for a long time. A good friend gave me a kick in the pants and told me to get it done with.

I had to talk to a powerful person who is in a position to help me, but of whom I feel deeply intimidated. I had to initiate the meeting and make my request for help, even though I was afraid my reception would be negative. My instinct had been to lay low, to avoid contact, to get along without making this step. But my friend said - "You have to do this first, before doing anything else."

So I did it. And what was the result?

The powerful person learned good things about me - that had been unknown before.

The powerful person has given me a chance to show what I can do.

The powerful person knows I need help, and is looking out for opportunities for me.

I am not afraid of the powerful person any more.

I feel pretty good.

About the photo - this photo was sent to me in a slide show. When I read more, I learned that the photographer, Laurent Schwebel, had recently been a victim of crime in Argentina. I usually don't like to use other peoples' photos, but this one said something to me.  So if you like it, go to Laurent Schwebel's webpage and look at the wonderful work that remains his legacy.

8 comments:

Cassi Renee said...

Congratulations. That would be a very hard thing to do.

(The photo is wonderful.)

smalltownme said...

Good for you!

Kizz said...

You and me, we're cut from the same cloth. Glad you had a great experience and you're getting more people on your team!

Jen on the Edge said...

Nicely done.

cactus petunia said...

And you SHOULD feel pretty good. That took guts! Congratulations.

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

I'm proud of you!

That took courage. (I'm not so strong on courage myself, so I am really impressed.)

And the photo is fabulous.

Claudia from Idiot's Kitchen said...

Hooray! Good for you! I think we can all use a little extra dose of courage from time to time.

Gilly said...

Good for you - and so pleased it had a happy and fruitful outcome!

Is that an ant in the photo?? Wonderful shot!