Dear Omaha Area Artists,
First of all Happy New Year! This is the first time we can literally say, “Hindsight is 2020.” Personally, I am totally ready to put that year in the can and move on. However, I learned a few lessons from last year. A few of my life lessons:
To Try – Our Omaha Artists, Inc Board discussed the idea of a virtual art show for several months before we were willing to take the leap and try. We reasoned that “something would be better than no art show at all.” Guess what? Many of you agreed. As a matter of fact, 35 of you signed up for the show!
To Strengthen my “art of living” muscle – When I felt lonely, I tried to call someone who was staying home due to health reasons. I taught myself some new songs for the piano. I helped others – family & friends – with food when they had the virus. When I felt defeated (our Christmas trip was canceled and I missed my granddaughter so badly) I painted. Art has always been my therapy.
To Find Joy – The only real control, in life, I hold is what can fit in my own personal hula hoop- my attitude, actions, and words. It’s up to me to find and complete fulfilling activities. For me, simple pleasures truly are the best – spending time with a child...even Facetime! Being present and enjoying a sunset. Finding the beauty in winter fog.
I realize for some, 2020 was total devastation...loss of loved ones, health, or a job. The above mentioned items are just the lessons I learned. I hope you will ponder the idea of what you gleaned from 2020. I would love you to share your epiphanies with me, if you so desire. Until then...
"To be an artist is to believe in life."