I want to thank Hanuman for this very special forum that we are all
so privileged to use. For a few years, I've been quietly in the
background, gleaning great nuggets of which are so
generously shared by many people.
Over a month ago I posted an email requesting any advice or help
anyone could give me regarding a show I was doing in New York.
Without repeating details, I just wanted to thank those of you who
responded to me with great advice. I want to give a very special
thanks to the person who volunteered for booth help "just for the
experience". She would like to remain anonymous, so I will not
mention her name. However, her help, her friendliness in dealing with
customers, her ability to just pick up on how I presented my work,
and her efficiency was MORE than incredible. This wonderful gift was
presented to me through this forum, and for this I am truly grateful.
I had no idea what to expect when this person offered her
assistance, but it was much more than I ever expected. I definitely
had some fears, not knowing her at all, except through an initial
chat that came after her volunteering. I have learned in my "new
life" as an artist/metalsmith, that there is truly a generous, very
giving spirit within this community. Although there are many
negatives in life upon which we could focus, I've chosen to focus on
the positive. Using my creative instincts and my great faith in
people (especially this metalsmithing community), I have been blessed
with many wonderful experiences. I've learned that the more generous
I've become, the return is many times more. In this ever-changing
world, there is one constant - with every new leap I take, there is
an enriching abundance of great adventures and experiences to be had.
Besides being lucky enough to love what I do, I have been extremely
fortunate with all of the treasures that have come my way since I
have taken this path. SO, for anyone out there, sitting on the
edge, ready to take a leap - just do it!! You can take that message
on any level you want - from participating in Orchid, to making
decisions regarding your life. Jump in and participate - life is
full of surprises, and it's definitely worth the risk.