As my artist's statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance. -- Calvin and Hobbes

Monday, March 2, 2009

In response to a thank you



A new acquaintance told me "Thank you. Thanks for really helping me and taking the time.

I said, "Well, you're welcome! It's no problem. I am happy to help. Really!"

I have noticed in my life that others may act like they care, but really don't want to be bothered with your problems. They just don't want to take the time to listen to what you have to say, because it might take some effort on their part to help you or console you.

Unfortunately, I use to feel that it was rare when someone lent their heart or time to me, although I never asked.

Still, I trudge along with a big open heart, believing that my genuine good will can make a difference, and that there are still many wonderful people on Earth who themselves really care!

Many may never know how much I cared because they were too busy with their lives and a little too self-absorbed to notice the effort of another on their behalf, but maybe one day in the future, a hardened heart may think back about the kindness she received from others and soften a little bit in order to do a good deed for someone else.

When I was young, I would sometimes come home from school and cry at the pettiness of others, and my Mother would say, "Those who really care will be the best friends of your life and you will come to realize that they are who really matter to you."

My friend chuckled, "You make me feel good about myself!"

It really should not be about reciprocation. It should not be about getting praise for being considerate. But, when you realize that for a very long time, you have chosen to interact with people who didn't value how important your friendship was, you come to have a little sadness about you. About your choices, perhaps. Some kind of reality check, I suppose.

I think of it now as an opportunity. To continue to reach out to others.

Lately, I have been meeting some amazing people who have gone out of their way to think about me. This is a good time to say thanks to them and for the wonderful friends I have in my life and how lucky I am to have them!

Thanks to Elsie, for thinking of me all the time! You are truly an open heart!
Thanks to Diane, whom I just met, for thinking of me for art demos at nearby schools.
Thanks to Christy, a new online friend, who makes me laugh and tweets a lot!
Thanks to my best friend Kristle, who has been there for 25 years!!
Thanks to the awesome bloggers out there who have featured me on their own blogs.
Thanks to the awesome bloggers out there who have put me on their blogroll, and make me roll with laughter on a regular basis.
Thanks to all in my ebay, etsy and artfire groups..you all totally rock with encouragement.
Wow, this feels soo good!

I feel so grateful!
I know I am on the right path now.
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10 comments:

  1. I am so glad you didn't thank me for leaving snarky twitters about stuck up people who don't deserve to be mentioned. That would have been awful.

    I, too, am thankful for your regular updates on gastronomical pleasures and for your artful awesomeness. Love the flowers!!!!

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  2. I forgot to mention, I'm also thankful to have met another person on the planet that I could say this to & not receive a blank, glazed stare:
    "Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."

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  3. Hi Rebecca, What beautiful sunflowers..and such a lovely heartfelt post. I think as artist we all have a common bond. You are indeed on the right path!

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  4. How cool!

    The sunflowers are beautiful.

    Love Christy's last quote from The Princess Bride. There are some classic movie lines and that is one of them. :)

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  5. You are on the right path. Seeking the light like that flower.

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  6. "I have noticed in my life that others may act like they care, but really don't want to be bothered with your problems. They just don't want to take the time to listen to what you have to say, because it might take some effort on their part to help you or console you."

    This is a very keen observation, and so true.

    There are so much things (and people) to be grateful though, and I am so glad that we are on the same path.

    Thank you. ^ ^

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  7. Thanks for the comments!! "Try as I may, It'll take a lifetime to really get keen!"

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  8. Well I'm certainly glad your path crossed mine and I was lucky enough to recieve the top SunFlower in our ACEO Swap! It's a treasure just like the person who created it!

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  9. That is so true. Sometimes I wish the people around me would care more... but, its so true that they never seemed to have the time to care...

    But, we should always continue to believe in caring for others the way that we know.

    Regards
    Diana
    http://djstoreroom.blogspot.com

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  10. Thanks for the very thoughtful comments, all! :)

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