This blog for me is about putting myself out there. I think it is part blogging and part journaling. I am someone who keeps things close to my chest in pretty well all areas in my life. I have to weigh the pros and cons, desired outcomes and what ifs numerous times in various scenarios. Bad example one friend finally said “it is just paint.”
So can you share too soon? My opinion is at times yes. When an idea is just forming and you are trying to catch the various nuances of it. You are playing with different scenarios and combinations. For me it is like a baby I am carrying until it is steady enough on its feet to hold its own. Or I am confident enough to put it out there and can take the criticising of others. I’m not going to say I won’t be hurt by the opinion of others on my work or ideas, but I have cradled them enough to know they are mine and strong enough to handle the storm.
I think people often feel they are “helping” when they criticise. Not realising that unless the information is useful it is just your opinion. If the project is already completed and out there, saying you should have…. is not helpful when someone has just exposed part of their soul. Can we not be happy at the moment for them? Constructive advice is great when asked for and at the appropriate time, but not when someone has presented a completed piece of work. Give them the opportunity to share their delight at the finished project. Why didn’t you? Is not an appropriate response. How about I am so proud of you.
You don’t have to love someone’s piece of art or writing. That is subjective. What isn’t subjective is acknowledging that someone has taken the time and put their soul into creating something. I want to be someone who helps build people up and realise their dreams. Who do you want to be?
You can always start now!