I have a vision of a creative altar for our city that everyone takes turn tending. One at a time, or many at a time, we add our gifts, our creativity, our spark to that altar. This altar represents the heart and spirit of the city. It reminds the city of its highest vision.
I voiced this idea at a meeting of artists, performers, and musicians in Asheville, North Carolina last night. The next thing I knew, we were saying Yes to our first taste of this vision today.
I showed up for my time of tending to Asheville’s heART today with a poem that emerged from last night’s discussion. I walked around the fountain in the center of our city speaking this poem to Asheville.
I began to see everyone who passed by as an Artist of their own life. I saw each person artfully expressing themselves–whether that looked like smoking a cigarette, searching through the garbage, eating lunch, talking to a friend, jogging through the park.
I had several sweet interactions with others who wanted to read or hear or be curious about my poem. I felt very interconnected with our sweet town.
For the first time I felt a deeper sense of my role in Asheville. I am here to tend to Asheville’s heart, help it see itself through the artful expressions I and others offer, encourage it to remember its essence and let its light shine, for us, from us, with us, together.
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