Sometimes I am really satisfied with my progress in photography.
Sometimes I see another fantastic photographer and I consider selling my gear.
Sometimes I'm really satisfied with my writing.
Sometimes I read what someone else writes and I am so profoundly moved that I promise to never write again.
Sometimes I am exactly the mom, wife, and friend I hope to be.
Sometimes I wonder why anyone spends a moment of time with me.
At all times I am working to remember
every beautiful image,
every moving piece written,
every touching engagement with someone,
is a victory.
And they are not all my personal victories.
And this does not diminish me.
Another's talent increases me, and any feeling other than that increase is a lie.
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Comparison is death – no matter what side you come out on.
The world needs your contribution.
No limits. No comparisons. I root for your victory.
Your victory raises us all – and your victory is in the effort.
Never stop.

 

 

 

 

Hello.

In lieu of a big post in the poverty series tonight, I want to make a couple recommendations.

I encourage you to check out this amazing Ted talk by Chimamanda Adichie. Try to keep a focus on poverty in mind as you listen to Ms. Adichie talk about the power of making decisions based on a single story. I found it challenging and enlightening.

How many people, or groups of people, do we think we know based on a single story?

Also, if you ever have thought about going on a short term mission, or working with people in poverty local to you, I highly recommend reading this book:

When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor…and Yourself

This was recommended by a reader, Kristi Smalley, and I am so thankful! What an eye opening read this has been. I've talked about this book before, but I really want to encourage anyone who is serious about working with the poor to take the time to read this book. The authors have done their homework and have actionable suggestions. I plan to use this as a guide as we move forward, especially when we move into the action portion of our series and start talking about what we can do as individuals to address the issue of poverty.

I hope you are having a great week. A new post will be out in the next week for our poverty series. In the mean time, I'll keep posting the smaller mid week posts. I'm enjoying talking with you all more often and I appreciate the engagement and comments!

As always, I encourage you to sign up to follow the blog. Not all posts will make it to your facebook wall, so that's the best way to get a notice of any new posts. If I can get to 50 followers I will give away two copies of the “When Helping Hurts” book in a random drawing from the subscribers!!

Also, a quick update on the birthday give-away. I have three beautiful families all signed up (I couldn't pick one so I picked them all!), and a gorgeous Senior. I would like to find one more Senior – so if you know anyone who just can't afford the expense of Senior piks – shoot me a message @ jgaustin@me.com. For the families – I will be in touch soon! Spring is springing (Finally, well, I am in Georgia right now, so I can just say, it's coming. I think a low of 32 is in store at home…)

Have a great week!

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