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It has been a hot minute since I have lived in a small town. My most revelatory takeaway thus far…in order to succeed, I must be willing to listen to what someone else needs, and then find avenues to work together. Neighbors can be the biggest asset, or liability. The choice to embody “neighborly qualities” is 100 percent mine. And I should help. It’s the obvious choice, right?
As I study the Book of Common Prayer, the salutation of the service keeps jumping out at me, “Send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve you with gladness and singleness of heart.”
I don’t know about you, but for me this is sometimes challenging. I want to, always, be in consideration of what others need, but often my desires to be bigger, better, and more successful can overshadow what is needed for the greater good of the whole.
Today, I give a big shout out to Bozart’s Gallery, with special emphasis to Annette Trefzer. We recently had the opportunity to sit down, and talk about our goals for the future, both as individual organizations, and as humans with a passion for sharing culture.
For almost 15 years, she (along with her dedicated Alliance members) have shown up. I mean in a BIG WAY. With poetry slams and fashion shows. Book readings and dances. Honoring guests and mounting exhibits featuring James Meredith, Katherine Rhodes Fields, and Jeff Long. And a storied history of getting it done. Again, and again, and again.
She holds the container for so many artists to thrive. For this community, and for others, she tends to the bricks and the spirit of the gallery. A true force of nature. And this is just one of the many containers she keeps full. I believe in her passion for the arts, and I want to support, promote, and honor all that she is, and all that she contributes.
So, this Friday at 6 p.m. go to Bozarts Gallery. Enjoy the intricacies of the Holiday Miniatures Show. While you are at it, take a minute to appreciate (notice and get curious about) the details on how the work was placed or hung, or the font that was used to describe the work. And send a little love to the very dedicated individuals who passionately chose to spend their time curating this so our community is more enriched.
Then pop over to tin at 7:30 pm to swallow up the musical power and soul known as Effie Burt. A little birdie also told me that one Taylor Foxx may be joining in for a few songs.
I give you this story as hopefully some inspiration. Be willing to pivot a little to share space with someone else because more beauty, more creativity, more love will only make us stronger, better, more resilient, and even more vibrant than we could possibly imagine. This time for me, it was a 30-minute show adjustment. Who knows what it will be the next time, but I can’t wait to see how I will say YES.