Innovating Through Artistry

Me, me, me, me, me

In Creative Support, Emotional Intelligence, The Bite-Size Arts Ensemble on May 20, 2008 at 3:42 am

Me, me, me, me, me…what does this mean?

Well, it could be a warm up exercise to relax your vocal chords before you begin to sing? You know the exercise, Do, rei, me…

It could also be a reflection of the focus of a nation turning inward towards ourselves because we are increasingly having trouble affording gas for our car and food to fill the refrigerator.

Over the recent weeks I have been speaking to a large number of artists who have been telling me that the phone is not ringing with work, the gigs they did last year were cancelled or postponed this year and they are not sure what is going to happen next.

Yet, it is in times exactly like these, when we need to set aside our me, me, me,me,me’s and instead offer something up for the benefit of others, expecting nothing in return. Yes, I know it is hard to be thinking of others and be giving when times are hard. But by creating and sharing in our own greatest times of need, we release ourselves of our own burdens, if even momentarily. And by doing so we allow that which we give an opportunity to take root, which eventually will produce new opportunities that we can reap because of our generosity. (Even if not directly, the adage what goes around comes around is true!)

Recently, my friend Peter Rossi, a photographer, has been telling me things are slow. Peter generously has offered his time to me to work on shooting video for the Bite-Size Arts Ensemble, since his studio is not scheduled with shoots like he would have hoped. It is also giving him an opportunity to explore the world of video to potentially incorporate into his work. Lots of folks these days are interested in having high quality podcasts on their websites.

Interestingly, as we have spent time together working on this project, Peter has been more at ease then usual about the fact his phone has not been ringing with work. And interestingly enough it has now begun again to ring with calls for new shoots!

Now, perhaps all of this is coincidence. Or just maybe when we give to others instead of focus on ourselves, the universe offers us the opportunity’s we need to do, do, do, do, do….

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