“Take care not to casually discuss matters that are of great importance to you with people who are not important to you. Your affairs will become drained of preciousness. You undercut your own purposes when you do this. This is especially dangerous when you are in the early stages of an undertaking.
Other people feast like vultures on our ideas. They take it upon themselves to blithely interpret, judge, and twist what matters most to you, and your heart sinks. Let your ideas and plans incubate before you parade them in front of the naysayers and trivializers.
Most people only know how to respond to an idea by pouncing on its shortfalls rather than identifying its potential merits. Practice self-containment so that your enthusiasm won’t be frittered away.”
The first of (hopefully) 52 portraits/photos. I want to capture a representation of where I’m at each week in 2013. I’ll probably often include a quote or song or lyrics or other smattering of current thoughts or feelings.
This week, it’s the first of a new year so I have been thinking a lot about resolutions/goals/intentions. It’s even manifested into something of a list. For someone who is not big on resolutions and terribly disorganized when it comes to goals, I’m surprised. (Notice how I put “hopefully” up there in the previous paragraph.) Actually, I am tempted to share said list here. Well, some of it. I came across the above quote many years ago and it’s helped me sit on some thoughts until they are ready to hatch, so to speak.
Have you ever held close to an idea or dream because you were afraid it would get squashed if you didn’t protect it? Or have you ever lost the enthusiasm for an idea after the “naysayers” got their chance to say some nay?
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