My top goal for 2012 isn't about painting or sales or being a better person. It's about conquering my physical fear, getting on the horse and treating myself to that once in a lifetime human/animal bond - a guilty thirst for an intimate soul-to-soul relationship like no other. Artists understand this. I'm really scared....but maybe the biggest thing is that I'm more scared of not ever feeling that feeling again in my life. Motivation is a wondrous thing.
Back in June, I gave a talk at TEDxCalgary entitled "The Language of the Creator". I felt very lucky to have the opportunity to share the story around The Community Fusion Project, language of the arts and relationships. My greatest intent around doing the talk was that it would have some impact on folks and inspired them to think differently about the arts, cross-cultural relationships, learning disabilities and humanity. In retrospect, a bit of a tall order I saddled myself with.
How might it be for all of us if we were able to all just "be" ourselves in every situation? What might arise from this and for us? What might this intimate sharing of stories reveal about each of us, in our fragile human state. I learned so much over the weekend, not just from the rich content, brilliant ideas and brave folk who attended, spoke, volunteered, organized and tech-savvied the whole event, but from the act of openly sharing meaningful personal stories, despite nerves and all of the other distractions that accompany family life.