I am an active member of the Greater Vancouver Interactive Arts Society, and I participate by making art, leading theme camps, performing, or offering workshops.
In 2011, I attended one of our community events, but due to an injury, I was unable to participate in the ways I was accustomed to.
It can be difficult for me, to accept that I should sit down, and let others do for me. But instead of sitting that event out, or complaining about what I couldn’t do, I brought some supplies.
Tissue paper, pipe cleaners, and scissors. I spent much of my time, sitting at a picnic table, making tissue paper flowers, just like the ones my grandmother and I used to make when I was a child. A few friends joined me, and we made many flowers… nearly 100.
During the event, I wandered about, seeking out the many volunteers who had taken leadership roles, and worked very hard, both before and during, to make this beautiful event possible
When I would find them, I would offer them a flower. Our eyes would meet, and I would offer a most heartfelt “Thank you” for their creativity, their dedication, their talents, their hearts. As it is so good to be acknowledged, and expressing genuine gratitude is a wonderful feeling, the gifting was often powerful for both myself and my flower recipient.
I wish I could have made a few hundred more, one for everyone who attended and brought their energy and joy, because I was grateful for them too. I encourage you to express your gratitude freely, and often, as it is excellent medicine.