Monday, October 05, 2015

a little help from our friends

Heading off to class this morning but not without thinking about Mentoring and pure help from others in our professional career fields. We can pretend we're explorers to some extent. But the reality is we need help from time to time.  Not sure in other fields but usually when one asks for help in the arena of the Arts there is always someone who will share their experience with you.

From time to time I am challenged to step into a "new woods" so to say.  And from my experience one shouldn't just head in without having some wits about you. We can't know all and what we will encounter as we trail blaze in but we can prepare ourselves some what.

So I send out emails to some of the artists that are in or have had experience in these new woods and ask them to share if they have time...I keep telling myself I don't need to know all but I want to find out as much as I can....Where's the excitement if you know all...but reality is I need help from time to time.  I personally come from a long line of Makers.  And Us Makers whittle away and problem solve though most things but like a farmer there are times when you need a little help from your friends or the town to bring in that hay or harvest.

Something went a little off kilter along the way...even for me thinking I can do it all by myself. And that it was bad to ask for help...that it made you look and feel dumb or stupid.  With a life time of learning disability it can distort ones thinking...and make it hard to ask for help because of confusion and comprehension...and let me throw in my own personal anxiety...what hot mess I can become. A highly vulnerable, sensitive, spiritual, creative little child facing the huge big world....well that's a story that keeps re-playing in my head.  So, so grateful for those that extend a hand. I hope that I can be that for someone some day...but in the mean time....I'll grab my walking stick and continue to ask for help and seek a bit of excitement and good old fashion adventure in life.

To all those that keep answering to the call of their creative wilds and venturing out, and reporting back leading us with their excitement and encouraging  "You Can Do It Too," attitude. Sharing experiences with us back at the Forests edge. To our Mentors that we know face to face and those that we watch from afar,  guiding us with their actions...we will always need a little help from our friends.

Thank you...




3 comments:

  1. Your self-knowledge is raw and honest and true. Thank you for your openness. And your bravery.

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    1. Oh Carol, Big hugs from a far...Thank you for all you time and generous wisdom.

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  2. Thoughtful article, Thanks for sharing.
    "With a life time of learning disability it can distort ones thinking...and make it hard to ask for help because of confusion and comprehension...and let me throw in my own personal anxiety...what hot mess I can become."

    That's why your visual art is so wonderful.

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