We have a winner but, before I reveal their name, I just want to say… I feel like I won!
Your input, both here and on Facebook was enlightening, informative and inspiring.
And… I did find the third way that was right for me. Thanks to all of you!
Which is what I really appreciate about all the feedback – you offered both your preference to A or B and why as well as expansive thoughts on an option C.
The #ShePersisted is about making ripples of opportunity for change/awareness to awaken. It’s not about triggering people or causing hackles to rise or to increase someone’s resistance to expanding their perspective or to understanding why change is needed.
It’s about creating space for each of us to check-in with our perceptions and ask ourselves… Is there another way? Is there a more loving, healing, cooperative path?
And that’s the option ‘C’ many of you spoke of.
I also have to acknowledge that her face bothered me too. I loved Kiki’s comment about The Devil Wears Prada look of her – I realized I was uncomfortable with all that perfectly coiffed black hair and the disconnect between the look on her face and the message she was trying to convey.
So… I went back in and kept going. Once I softened the feel and made it more ethereal option C became clearer.
What also became clearer is that I have to come to a place of ‘accepting the imperfection as perfectly acceptable.’
Because, ultimately, I could keep going in and reworking until the canvas paper she’s painted on tears or wears away.
Or, I can breathe and say, I’m good. She’s good. This is good.
This is good.
Enough questioning. Digging in. Painting over. Worrying. Considering. Confusing myself with options. Asking others. Worrying some more…
This is good.
Tomorrow, I’ll share No. 71 – ’cause one thing I’ve learnt through this entire process of spending 4 years working on the #ShePersisted series, the muse is not finished with me yet, and I have no intention of ever being finished with dancing amidst her inspiration.
Thank you again everyone. I am so very grateful for your presence, your light and your willingness to engage and share your thoughts and ideas.
Ultimately, as Mark says, I am the one who must finally step in and say, ‘I know my heart best. I must follow it.’
Drum roll please.
The winner is…..
Mitzi wrote on my FB page: “I can see where this causes a conundrum. Are you wanting to get us all, you and CC included, out of our comfort zone? Then quote #2 is the way to go. Yes quote #1 is more you and shepersists, but not as emphatic. :)”
So much truth in her statement, and in all everyone shared. The question becomes — Do I want to knock people out of their comfort zone or lovingly invite them to explore the possibilities of what’s beyond their comfort zones?
You helped me find my answer.