If you live in a small town, or if you have EVER lived in a small town, you will understand . . . . it can be challenging trying to get anything “new” organized and running. And it is even more difficult to keep something rolling along, even after the initial efforts to get it started.
I’ve been involved in lots of different community activities, events, organization, boards, and projects. Many of them have been quite successful and great fun! But sometimes it is just too high of a hurdle to get over, under, around, through, or beyond the proverbial nay-sayers.
“We tried that before, and it didn’t work,” is one that I’ve encountered over the years. “I just don’t think that is a good idea,” is another one that pops up from time to time. “We’ve always done it THIS way, so let’s not change it now,” often becomes the rallying cry when new ideas are introduced.
But the one that never worked with me was, “Well, I don’t think it will work, but if you want to do it, go ahead.” Meaning, “We’re not going to help, or support, or encourage you, but knock yourself out!” And so I did. Ever heard the story of the Little Red Hen? That’s how it’s felt on numerous occasions over the years.
So of course I was hesitant when I noticed that there was an effort in Our Town to get an arts group started, but of course I was intrigued and interested. The good news at the minute is that there is an amazing young women who is a gifted artist in our community who is stepping out and doing her best to “make something happen.”
I hope that she gets the encouragement that it will take to push this idea through to completion, and I intend to do whatever I can to help, organize, promote, and cheer on this new project in Our Town. So even though I have been discouraged to the point of weariness and no longer want to be on the firing line for this kind of thing, I definitely am determined to do my best to help her be successful.
The first project on the horizon is “Art in the Alley,” which will be held the second Saturday of each month in the summer, with opportunities for local artists to showcase their creations. We might have to “tweak” it a bit as we go along, but if we do nothing, we’ll accomplish nothing.
It’s so much easier to steer my bicycle around a corner if it’s already moving, so I guess that might be a good analogy for this kind of project, too. I probably won’t be perfect in the beginning, and we’ll need to turn a few corners, but at least we’re moving and that’s the first step towards success. I’ll keep you posted on our progress!