When Was The Last Time You Examined The Evidence Of Your Greatness? Some Thoughts
Some thoughts I'd like to share...
So often we has humans focus on, easily remember, and get stuck thinking about all the evidence in our lives where we are not great or where we may have failed or come up short in the past. All good introspection I'm sure, but yet it seems so difficult for many people to look at the evidence of their greatness or where they have succeeded. When those moments happen, we are pleased, but over time can be so easily forgotten and often eroded by other misses. So here is a friendly reminder to all my friends to often take the time to examine THE EVIDENCE OF YOUR GREATNESS! I dare you to just make a mental resume, so to speak, of every great thing that has happened to you and made to happen by you, just in the last 2 years...You might be surprised how hard it is, followed by being surprised just how awesome you are! Keep it up!
Why do I bring this up? Well, I always love it when someone asks me to answer questions about myself and what I have achieved, because it forces me down that often avoided path of looking at really what I have accomplished and to be proud of of my greatness, without comparison to any peer. Recently I was asked to do this, in support of my artwork being displayed this weekend at the Maricopa County Home & Garden Show - used as charity donation in a silent auction to fully benefit the Down Syndrome Network of Arizona, sponsored by the Photographer's Adventure Club and ViVYX Printing of Tempe. Anyway, while it was requested my answers to be brief and in bullet points, I found some renewed satisfaction in what I have been up to, and realize that I barely worked for these achievements, so imagine if I actually really applied myself...I will share it with you as a small example of the much larger point of the topic that I wish we has humans would remember to embrace more often:
1) John Morey / John Morey Photography
2a) My interest in photography first began as a hobby for a right-brained artistic release from my day-to-day left-brained work.
2b) I have been a shutter-bug since 1980 with my first SLR camera, but as a serious nature photography artist, I have been enjoying it for six years.
2c) My favorite subjects are nature landscapes and wildlife, however any natural human moment out in nature also qualifies as subjects I'm interested in.
2d) and 2f) combined - My most recent photography achievement and award I am most proud of is being selected as one of the top 100 images in the Wilderness 50 contest, A nationwide contest, resulting in my image being used in print, video, and display in various mediums and national outlets celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Wilderness Act, passed by congress in 1964 -- including promotion at the Smithsonian Museum Of Natural History.
2e) Published in:
PLEASE NOTE: The above example was isolated to just looking at one very narrow part of my life. The exercise is good for anyone, regardless of what you are up to, regardless of your various life situations. I used the example of my photography in this case, but it could be your work (whether you enjoy what you do or not), or your home life (whether you struggle with your marriage or not), or your parenting (whether it is easy, or you second guess yourself all the time), etc...it could be anything you are up to on a daily basis that is important to you. Find the evidence of your greatness in every area of your life. Doing so in little bits at a time makes the task easier and in chunks. Put it all together later for a grand view of your greatness.
What??? No Pics??? OK, OK, since you read all that, I will share something that hopefully made it worth your time if the reading did not. These are the five images I donated to the charity art auction to benefit DS Network. They ended up fetching near $700...a steal if you ask me, considering they were expertly printed, matted, and framed! But the great thing is that those people feel like they got something of great value at a discount, and DS Network gets all the money! Win Win! Look at all that evidence, I dare you.
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed.
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