Years ago I was sharing a story about some angst I was having in navigating a delicate situation. I wasn't believing that I would handle things well. My confidence was low as I shared my concerns.
"It sounds like you're carrying a pretty old picture of yourself," said a friendly colleague.
"Huh? I asked."
"Well, as I've gotten to know you and seen your work and the way you've managed yourself, I'd say you have what it takes to handle this. It's just you're carrying that old picture of yourself that comes with an old script for how you used to react in this kind of situation."
This past week I invited a friend/photographer over to update some of my profile shots. My first thought was... "now that's an old picture!" Aside from exposing a few more wrinkles and gray hair though, I think it's good to update our pictures now and then. We've grown. Changed. There's new story that likely defies some of the old story... and the new picture wants to be anchored in who we are today.
So, "How old is that picture you are carrying of you?"