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All cuddles . . .

Puppies have the cutest floppy ears, an always licking everything pink tongue, soft whines, clumsy feet, they’re adorable, sweet, loving, and oh yeah, they poop.

And last week, I went to a film festival . . .

A film festival, to support a film that I’m part of, “Raspberry Cream,” produced by London Global Productions.  Now, I procrastinated by buying the ticket 2 days before the screening.  Why?  I don’t mind watching my work, it use to be a little uncomfortable, but I’ve learned that the discomfort is nothing, compared to what I learn from watching, and from hearing an audience’s response.  So, why the stalling?

It’s the networking part.  This may come as a surprise, but it makes me nervous.  Of what?  A conversation with a stranger!  Stranger danger alert!  Logically, it’s silly to be afraid of talking to new people, I mean strangers (sounds scarier, than ‘new people’).  I even have a strategy to avoid networking, enlist Derrick, or a good friend to go with me.  I can talk with them all night, and it’s definitely in my comfort zone.  Isn’t it funny, how we try to convince ourselves we’re doing “this,” when we’re not.  We’re dancing around it.

Genuine conversation with a stranger, being open, listening attentively and being curious about him/her . . . putting yourself and your aspirations out there, and there’s the possibility of . . . rejection.  There’s also the possibility of acceptance, new perspectives, and collaboration, but that’s hard to see, when blinded by fear.

Now, lets glance back at the words used during this excuse.  Words that should never be accepted as reason to not commit fully to the responsibility of what you are working towards: nervous, feel, afraid, avoid, uncomfortable, procrastinate, stall, rejection…

“Feelings aren’t facts.” – Diana Castle

And there were other words that held unknown potential and possibility: open, vulnerable, honest, new, different, learn, listen, share, stranger (could become friend/mentor/business partner)

I love storytelling and playing pretend, it’s the best!  But I don’t get to pick the parts of this business that I like, and disregard the rest.  I love our dog, Douglass, and we also get the responsibility and reward (his love and loyalty) of caring for him.  And some days, it’s raining, and we get to find the joy of walking in the rain together. (Derrick normally gets that joy lol!  He’s a good man)

Nothing is going to fit us exactly the way and when we want it.  We have to stretch and grow, and that only happens when uncomfortable, during challenge, through hard work, and stepping outside of our normal.  It is better to willingly grow, than be regretful, bitter, or struggling for not growing or resisting it.

“It is either a problem or an opportunity.” – paraphrase from Andalin Richards

So what happened? . . . I saw some short films, was inspired by others’ creativity and hard work, and met some talented directors, who also saw my work.   We exchanged information and shared interesting conversations, and now, there are potential opportunities for us to work together in the future.  And I have feeling the more film festivals I go to, the more comfortable I will be with meeting new people.

I learned, I was nervous about nothing, except opportunity.

“but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” – 2 Peter 3:18

“But I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” – 2 Corinthians 9:6

“Without oxen a stable stays clean, but you need a strong ox for a large harvest.” – Proverbs 14:4

“Haven’t I commanded you?  Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord God is with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I will praise Him.” – Psalm 28:7

“I sought the Lord, and He heard me, And delivered me from my fears.” – Psalm 34:4

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