It takes a village

it-takes-a-villageI know, I know… … it’s a cliché. I suggest to you that cliché or not, it is true, it takes a village to ________ Fill in the blank. In my experience- it takes a village to do pretty much anything of size beyond making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. (hmmm but someone had to harvest the peanuts, and grind them up and, then the jam…. I digress)

It is safe to say that I have shared with you my awe of life at this moment. If I never had faith before, I sure as heck would now. I am in complete amazement at all the little things I have noticed that become puzzle pieces that later I would understand why they fit together the way they do. There MUST be someone orchestrating it all. The cool thing about all of that is I have learned (okay to be fair I think you never stop learning) that if I trust, especially when it’s scary to do so it all works out in the end.

Yep, it takes a village.

Create Art 4 Good has been a life time in forming. It is the result of my experiences, paths crossed, people I have had the honor to meet, discussions had and dreams realized. Each piece of the puzzle was important.

When I was a little girl, my grandfather who was not always known for his sensitivity ALWAYS gave me a new set of crayolas for Christmas (nearly every year WITH a sharpener), and a profound seed was planted. The art teacher who told me I COULD NOT do something baiting me into proving her wrong, nurtured the seed. Since then the journey has been nurtured by countless people, fellow artists, patrons, friends and strangers alike. Upon setting foot into the dream of having my own studio, again, countless people were involved. From the established artist from whom I sought advice, the kind caretaker of the building that has become the home to Create Art 4 Good, to countless souls who offered an encouraging word, or perhaps something that assisted facilitating something that progressed my dream- my treasured artists, the kind soul at the Hungerford who let me borrow his ladder so I could make clouds, the other studio members – HUA, need I go on?

It’s important to note here that in my opinion, each person along the way has been an important piece to the puzzle. I am completely amazed at how it all fits together. Suddenly my entire life makes sense, it all feels right and I understand most every experience I have ever had because NOW has become a tool in my toolbox.

All of this said- I ask of you one thing- continue being who you are to the best of your ability. Do what you know in your heart is the right thing to do. Encourage others, follow your dreams, do whatever it is that you know is important for you to do. You DO make a difference. You don’t have to cure cancer, or build an empire- you have to BE you. Be the best YOU that you know how and you will find that YOU are a part of countless villages. You will make a difference. Isn’t that what every one of us wishes?

I wish you peace-
and a wonder filled 2014
Susan

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I am a human, just like everyone else. My roles in life, mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, friend...artist, advocate of arts and humans has brought me to this place. I support the arts, my fellow artists, while supporting my community, and supporting those in need

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