Because of a family illness, it was necessary for me to fly to Pennsylvania the weekend before last and be there until mid-week. The weekend that just passed saw me in Indianapolis for another family outing, this one more fun. The three days that I was home, I knew I'd be caring for my granddaughter during the day. To say my head was spinning in a crazy attempt to conjure up a post for today would not be the slightest exaggeration. To say that I was being wildly successful would be an outright fib. So I seriously considered asking my Life Sisters (as we call ourselves) to find a substitute for me today.
My Life Sisters. Yes. When I emailed them to tell them the reason for my trip and that I would likely be "out of the loop" for a few days, their responses were warm, caring, heartfelt, supportive. Mind you, these are nine gals I've never met but who are nonetheless like sisters to me. How did this happen? Well, it just so happens that I have a theory. (This and one dollar will get you a Coke at McDonald's.)
We all "met" by sharing our photos and comments with one another in online classes and forums. This allowed us to see one another at the very core of our creative centers ... we saw one another's hearts. When we share our art we're making ourselves vulnerable, sharing pieces of ourselves. To know that other photographers out there "get us" is to blend together the very essence of our creativity. Only by making ourselves vulnerable can we find love and acceptance. This is true not only in photography, but in life.
When we share our photos and our posts with you, we're sharing pieces of ourselves with you. Sharing a self-portrait is quite possibly the most threatening thing a photographer can do, nothing makes you feel more vulnerable. When we do this, we hope very much that you'll "get it" and my guess is that if you're reading this post you do. YAY!!
We're so honored that you've chosen to be part of our FOL family. It gives us great joy when you spend a moment with us each day and when you share a piece of yourself in the comments section and on our Flickr page. I have two assignments for you today, if you wish to accept them. Share a self-portrait on our Flickr page just for fun. It needn't be a full face photo like mine. It can be a close crop, a smile, an eye, your new pedicure ... just a piece of you. And also, while you're there, post some more wonderful "Barn" creations. You are rockin' this theme!
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