Who Says So?

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Some people see what you are doing and get all excited. “No!” they tell you.  “Stop.”  “That’s not worth bothering with.”

Some people see what you are doing and get all excited.  “Yes!” they tell you.  “Keep going.”  “What will happen next?”

The “No” people claim the “Yes” people are soft hearted panderers – dishonest, unsophisticated and undiscriminating.  For “No” people, things have to be Good, or they are Worthless.

But you’ll never make anything that way.  And for sure, you’ll never hear from your own fragile voice – the one that is longing most for your love and attention.  And guaranteed, you will break someone’s heart – especially your own – with “No, No, No.”

“Yes” people know they hold your hope in their hands.  They don’t simply want to avoid disappointing you.  They actually don’t see the point in feeling sad about what you’ve  made.  A lot of things can get created this way.  And if your heart gets broken eventually, at least you learned how happy you could feel, following imagination wherever it leads.

Who gets to say which pictures matter?

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