Hello! My name is Heather and I’m the creator of the #PositographyChallenge. It’s likely you’ve seen #Positography photos throughout my newsfeed, and whether you’ve participated or not, I want to share the story behind the vision of #Positography to hopefully provide more clarity and insight as to why it is so important and why it is now an international movement.
When I was a little girl, I was completely enamored with Michael Jackson. I loved everything about him: the way he would glide across the stage, the way he glittered from head to toe, the way the melodies would move through my veins and engage my body in rhythmic motion. But more than the music and the glitz, was the message of togetherness, of inclusion, of change, of fraternity, and of hope.
At seven years old, I remember watching him perform for the Super Bowl Half Time Show circa 1993, commanding the stage in an iconic white button-down shirt with his long curly black hair pulled back. He looked to the audience and said, “Today we stand together all around the world, joined in a common purpose to remake the planet in to a haven of joy and understanding and goodness. No one should have to suffer, especially our children. This time we must succeed – this is for the children of the world.” (I still get chills when I hear this phrase.) The exhibition that followed, “Heal the World,” without exaggeration, is the single most poignant moment in my life.
He spoke to me. I knew without a doubt, even being so young, that I wanted to heal the world, too. And while he was singing he was also leading – leading millions of people together in song, across TV and in person, across visual, audio, cultural, and colorful boundaries, all with the majesty he could command, surrounded by dozens of different cultures all dressed in their traditional garments. His message resonated so deeply within me it seemed to cocoon my very essence.
“We can really get there if we care enough” has been my personal motto and the source of my motivation throughout all of life’s trials. Through the ups and downs, I never forgot that message that ME is part of WE and that I exist within relation to OTHERS; somehow knowing that I was not alone made all the difference. The silvery glitter on his white socks was somehow the proverbial light at the tunnel on many occasions.
When people want to know the reason behind #Positography, I am reminded the impact and power a message can have upon a person, and I am reminded of the fact that a message can be good or bad. A message of “no” or “not good enough” or “not for people like you” can be so completely poisonous and can change the entire course of a lifetime. For me, for you, for us all, #Positography is a voice of “YES!” Yes, this world is for you! Yes, this story is yours! Yes the beautiful breeze that dances across the lake and up in through your lungs is your right. Life is not meant to be a collection of pain and fear. Life is meant to be lived fully in love and in hope and in belonging.
#Positography is a manifestation of the belief that we inherently care for each other. #Positography is a message of hope and is a call to action to dig deep and find your courage and show your resiliency in all its wonderful colors and forms. Find your voice and share it with others. Share how you were able to overcome. Share what you found in the darkness. Reach out to someone and remind them that they are not alone and we are all in this together.
Your experiences have taught you so much about the truth in life. Today I challenge you to find the truth in your story. And if you feel brave enough, to share that message of truth with others. Join us in the #Positography movement; by posting a selfie with your message of positivity and encouragement we are increasing love in our community one simple picture at a time. You may never know who needs to hear your message and you may never know how deep your message can touch a life – Michael certainly didn’t know how much his message changed mine – but your message is paramount none the less. This is what resonates with people and this is why #Positography has become an international undertaking.
I want to invite you to join the #Positography community today and take the #PositographyChallenge. You are not alone; your message matters. Together we are spreading love one pic at a time.