Friday, January 16, 2009

Consider This Your Last Warning

Back to the Mother-In-Law stuff in just a bit because there's one more turn in the story.

Consider this your last warning.

The world is a testy place these days and everyone thinks they have a good reason for their irritation. With the economy, jobless rate, the war and other issues, you can see how the ego can lead people into that mindset.

Take a service like Flickr, the photo sharing site I started using for it's ability to interface with my main portal site, TimGirton.com. I recently upgraded to a pro account for the flexibility it offers and for what I consider a reasonable fee given what they provide. I've been a member since Yahoo migrated their Yahoo Photos service to Flickr, only I didn't remember that. I went to sign up for the site and turned out I was already there. So I upgraded and started uploading all kinds of cool photos from the last month or so.

I went about cleaning up photos that had been sitting there for a couple of years, mostly sent there in holding because this was before I could transport pictures via flash drives as I do now. Then I get a note that my site has been marked as "moderate" not "safe" because it occasionally pops up with unsafe content. Of course I disagreed, so I asked for a review and I got this note back:

You need to delete all content(public and private) from
your photostream that you did not create immediately.

One example:

{link deleted}

Consider this as your
last warning.

-Terrence


I was taken aback. My last warning? This was my first. My ego started heating up. In my mind, rolling round in all corners of the ego, I was screaming that "I am a photographer. I create everything I do." My fingers approached the keyboard to let Terrence know exactly what I thought, but the positivity I live in came over me and I took a step back. Perhaps I should go look at my photostream (which is how Flickr classifies your pictures). Sure enough, some photos that I thought I deleted in 2006 were still there. They were photos I was using to create some collages I had worked on at the time. I took those out and e-mailed Terrence to say that he should look at my photostream again.

This was his response:

We appreciate you moderating the content in your
photosteam.
I've classified your account as "public"/"safe".
Please keep the
Flickr guidelines in mind when moderating
your content in the future.

Regards,
-Terrence


Now, would that have been the response if I had e-mailed Terrence and gone with my ego's negative reaction? I'm thinking probably not and that's the lesson today. By continuing to live in gratitude and living by the Law of Attraction, which stresses positivity over the opposite, you attract the outcome you want. Those of us who follow the LoA know this, but it's helpful to be reminded.

Mahatma Gandhi said, and I try to live by, "Be The Change You Want To See In The World." If you haven't already, make the change to remember that you are not your ego. Don't let it rule you.

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