I am a stubborn little monkey.
Yep, I can really dig my pretty heels in.
As a teen my Mum and Dad would take me on.
My hubby knows just when and how to challenge me.
My sister asks the right questions to loosen me up.
And the kids, well isn’t that what nagging is for, getting Mum to change her mind.
It is a rare moment when a friend can budge, coerce and shift me once my mind is made up.
Here is the story……
We were at the park, party celebrating my friend’s daughter’s birthday. They had cleverly organised for a professional photographer to be there and generously offered a few of us the chance to pose for our own family shot.
I instinctively declined.
Mmmmm……not sure why, it goes something like this.
It is not our party,
No that’s okay,
Truthfully and secretly I still hate posing for photos.
Remember the pretty girl with the crooked smile? Guess where she still lives? Oh yes, she is very much a part of me. I may choose to bury her, cover her up and often ignore her and yet she still has a voice inside my head and it rose to the surface right then and there.
In that moment I was self-conscious and uncomfortable. Seems strange to me when I can take and share countless selfies. I even made a video of them. Yet the thought of posing for a photo made me shudder.
“No thank you” I said loud and clear.
Stubborn high-fived itself and I sat back watching the other families all pose and smile.
My tenacious friend is not easily deterred. She insisted, rounded up my kids and hubby. Photographer in position.
“Come on, a quick photo” she pleaded.
Stubborn dug in deeper, but this was not an easy moment to worm out of. Kids and hubby standing there waiting.
Okay okay, there are great things outside my comfort zone…..let’s do it.
We all smiled, we all posed and then we had a fun, silly relaxed moment.
Wow, look what I almost missed capturing.
I received this photo a few days ago and have looked at it at least 5o times since. I have stared at it, added it as wallpaper on my phone and I shed a little tear.
This is my family and thanks to a caring, generous, kind and determined friend we have now captured a moment of bliss.
Have you taken stubbornness on and found bliss on the other side?
This is day 11 of my 31 Days of Captured Bliss.