Today... I am thinking, 'Master the Art of Expression.'
It is pretty amazing the things we can convey with the slightest movements in our faces.
This can go from toothpaste ad to kiss friendly lipstick in a heart beat.
I shot it as one in a composite series for the art of portraiture, but it says a lot more.
This is what portraiture is for me. It is about expression, emotion, a story.
It is art. Being able to convey your feelings is an art. We have been given so many facets with which we can articulate what we are thinking, what we want others to "hear" us "say".
Learn the art of EXPRESSING YOURSELF!
It could be the difference between career success and being stuck in a cubicle death trap.
It could mean the difference between having a beautiful relationship... and being an old bitter cat lady (nothing wrong with that, if that's what you love. Just saying.) Better yet, It could mean the difference between being in an abusive relationship (emotionally, mentally or physically) or being completely happy and satisfied, with someone or not.
It helped me immensely. I have been able to navigate my way through life in a way that I can truly say lead me to a place with no regrets.
•Get some insight from reliable, trustworthy friends regarding how they perceive you (you might be surprised)
•Before you react/respond to people, take a minute and play out you comments in your mind. Will it truly benefit the situation? Sometimes it is just not worth it.
•Learn the difference between acting and reacting. Sometimes it is easy to react to someone's behavior, but that gives them power over you. You maintain your character irrespective
of what/who others are.
•Sometimes it is therapeutic to maintain a written journal to review your mindset at various times.
•In conversation, try to listen. Sometimes you find yourself waiting to talk. Sometimes the other person's perspective is a good look.
•DO NOT COMPLAIN. It doesn't help.
Far too often we do not understand how to communicate with others. Partially because it takes two... and the other person is the ultimate variable. But mastering the art, expressing yourself and having a "voice" is such a step in the direction of happiness.