This weeks theme for 52 Weeks Photo Project is “Something Borrowed”.
I’ve done so much de-cluttering and letting go over the past two years, that I had a really difficult time coming up with something that I’d borrowed but then I remembered a book I found a few weeks ago…one that I'd borrowed over two years ago!
A good friend lent it to me while I was between homes and I didn’t have a clue where it had gone until I found it sitting in my bookcase...who would have thought! I don't think I even read it...my life was just so chaotic at the time...so I should probably read it before returning it. The title sounds very appealing!
What I do like to borrow, are “qualities”. When I find a quality in someone that I like/admire/respect…whether it’s confidence, graciousness or a sense of fun and adventure, I often decide to “borrow” it and emulate that quality for myself. I use the person as a mentor. If I know the person well enough, I usually tell them how much admire that quality.
I have a friend who never seems to doubt himself, never second guesses himself and never hesitates to go for what he wants. Whenever I need to do something outside my comfort zone…ie, “putting myself out there”, I like to ask myself what he would do in this situation…then picture him doing it successfully. It makes doing the task much easier when I borrow his confidence and “see” his positive results. (Do you ever do this?)
I’m grateful for the many inspiring mentors I have surrounding me. The best part about this type of borrowing is that there’s nothing I have to remember to give back…except gratitude!
...and I'm so grateful for the inspiration I receive from all of you through your words, your art, your photography, your myraid ways of being creative, your courage, your openess, your generosity and your humour! Thank you so much.
“It is not so much the example of others we imitate as the reflection of ourselves in their eyes and the echo of ourselves in their words.”