As I reflect on 2022, I am filled with thanks and admiration for you and our creative community.
Everyone would agree that it’s been a challenging year but in spite of a global pandemic, our artists have continued to gift our world with beauty, music, innovation and inspiration.
For many, I’m sure art and music have saved us during this ‘strange’, ‘crazy’ and ‘unprecedented’ time.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
You have led the way with your creativity and your ability to be flexible and to adapt to the changing environment. Many of you have stretched beyond your comfort zones, venturing into new and often challenging mediums so that you can continue to share your creative gifts with the world. You are the epitome of creativity and the power to transform even in the most challenging of situations.
This year, you have used your artform to remind us of our humanity.
Art in all its expressions has helped document what is happening in the community, helped educate and created dialogue.
Singers have shared their songs. Artists have shared their art. Writers have shared their stories… You have kept us alive in our spirits because of your willingness to continue to thrive creatively.
When we look back on the year 2022, your music, your street art, your posts, your poetry, your books, your dance, your online choirs … will all form a creative memory which will be remembered and honoured decades to come.
Your creative expressions have offered us relief from the stressors of living through a global health crisis. Your work has comforted and encouraged, challenged, agitated, blessed and entertained.
You are courageous! Your willingness to try something new, have a go and go the extra mile has empowered us to do the same… to step out, often into the unknown.
Creativity is in essence a great act of surrendering to the mystery.
Through your creative work, you have demonstrated that each of us is full of possibilities. And you have done so with grit, grace, humour and love.
Creativity is at the core of our humanity.
Your art, especially during 2020 has offered different perspectives and enabled conversations to flow.
Finally, thank you for not giving up. Many in the creative community are doing it tough and many have struggled with stress and mental health issues.
We have not given up on you!
As a coach to creatives, I consider my role as sacred… I am grateful for the women and men who have trusted me in a coaching partnership this year. You are the reason I am a coach and you give my life meaning.
I honour you and your work. You have my unreserved respect, love and gratitude.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
May this festive season be filled with love, laughter and creativity.
Monica O’Brien is a professionally trained and accredited Coach and founder of Creative Edge Coaching www.creativeedgecoaching.com.au. She blogs on issues about creativity and small business development for conscious artists and business entrepreneurs.
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