I took this shot recently and spent several hours post processing to come up with a couple images that I was pretty pleased with. I then asked a photographer friend to offer me some constructive criticism. This friend, Harold Davis, is an amazing photographer, artist, and author so I wanted him to be honest so that I could learn and grow. I took some of his advice and reprocessed the image to come up with something I think is far better than my previous attempts. It's nice to have friends like this that are willing to be honest and help improve our skills.
We all need friends in life to come along side us and "sharpen" us. They do this by being open and honest with us. The Scripture says that we are to "speak the truth in love" to one another. This is very important because sometimes we look at our lives and are satisfied with the way things are, but a true friend can come along and offer some insight that can help us rise to another level.
Who has God placed in your life to help "sharpen" you? Are you open and listening to what they have to say? Are you the kind of friend who will be honest and seek to bring out the very best in your friends?