You're a supportive person but are you getting the support you need? Here is an excerpt from 'Know your cheer squad' which appeared on Sibylline Syllables earlier this year:
Whenever we deviate from the trodden path, whenever we choose creativity over comfort, we need more than sheer determination. We need a cheer squad.
It doesn’t have to be very big. The pom-poms don’t need to be multi-coloured. But the chant needs to be clear and consistent.
They’re calling your name. They’re singing your praises.
Maybe your cheer squad consists of your mum and dad or your partner and kids. Maybe it’s just Sooty the albino cat who appreciates your sense of humour and listens to you read out your manuscript.
If you don’t have someone to make you a cup of tea or take you out for a drink after your umpteenth rejection/disappointment/outright failure, life is tougher than it should be.
Worse than having no cheer squad, is consorting with sinkers.
Sinkers are people who, while they may say nothing blatantly mean or condescending, leave you feeling exhausted and doubtful about your ability to succeed.
They are not necessarily bad people, but unless they’re a blood relation, run a mile from them.
Negative people who belittle your dreams suck precious creative energy down the plughole of time.
Your cheer squad is honest and uplifting.
Do you know who your cheer squad is?
You can view the full post at: http://chenoafawn.wordpress.com/2011/02/11/know-your-cheer-squad/
© Chenoa Fawn. 2011.