On my other blog, I am doing a 22 day Miracles and Gratitude Challenge based on the idea that noticing more miracles brings more miracles.
It’s working. Being grateful for things, is making me feel grateful for other things and noticing miracles is helping me see more miracles.
All that noticing prompted me to write a post called, “On Giving”. It’s about how my momma was a giver and that since losing her recently, I feel like generosity/ giving has climbed onto my front porch and is ringing the bell.
Yesterday at the craft fair, I got to thinking about something. Sure craft fairs are about selling. Of course, that makes sense. I mean, we buy supplies, make our art, put it out there on tables, and hope the pieces make their way into the world.
But, maybe, for me anyway, there’s an opportunity for giving there as well.
I watched people come into my booth and look at things. A piece might be in someone’s hand, until they asked the price. Then, it was set down and they walked away.
One of my tables seemed to draw some people to it. My pieces have tiny affirmations on them that say things like: “you are kind”, “I am authentic”, and “we are strong.”
When one person saw that table, they tearfully told me about a recent loss, how hard it’s been, and how affirmations have helped them keep going.
Art is a connection, you know? It’s a way of expressing something that relates to someone on some level. It’s the act of being able to look at a piece and see something we like or need, whether we take it home or not.
Maybe not all of my pieces made new physical homes, many stayed on the tables and came back home with me, but maybe just seeing them helped someone in one small way.
After standing there for awhile, I thought about how giving has a place wherever we are.
Wherever. We. Are.
Even on a Saturday and even at a craft fair.
So, when I felt the time was right, I gave. And, it was absolutely heart lifting and authentic by me and the people I gave to.
In fact, at one point I even considered putting in a few ‘free’ price tags, just to see what people would do. Next time, I think I might price some things, then add a few ‘free gift for you’ tags, just for fun.
Five or ten years from now, they might not remember exactly what they did that day, but they may remember the time they went to a craft fair and got a ‘free for them’ gift.
Pretty darn cool!
Once, my friend Kristi told me, “If I have enough, I have enough to share.” Absolutely! And, for me, that includes art, too.
Thanks for reading! Hope you have a sunny Sunday!
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