To date, I’ve interviewed six dynamic solos, living their lives in unique ways. Their approaches to other people, and to their civic, work, and artistic pursuits have taught me valuable lessons about how to live a good life.
From Arnald Gabriel
1) Live your passion and you’ll be young forever
2) Uplift your spirit with great music
From Tracey Stubbs
3) Speak up about taking on new tasks, you just might get to do them
4) Admit you’re not the expert sometimes, it can build important bridges
From Elisa Young
5) Have the courage to work on righting injustices
6) Support and appreciate those who give up their lives to help others because fighting the system is mostly hard work and a tedious activity
From Pat Miller
7) Be a good manager by letting people use their strengths
8) Know that people will disagree, and work through it and around it
From Julie Riedmiller
9) Pay exquisite attention to your surroundings, they may enlighten you in ways you never thought possible
10) Be open to new ideas and life adventures and work toward them
From Diane Rastello
11) Believe in new beginnings
12) Have a sense of humor about yourself, it helps you bounce back
And from all
13) Care about results – pay attention to how your piece contributes to the whole
14) Be engaged, work hard at something and be dedicated and you’ll accomplish good things
15) Start something – one thing can lead to another
16) Not everyone likes the same thing – have enough variety in your life to connect to many different people
17) One person can make a difference – to a friend, to a family, to a group, to a workplace, to a community, to the world.
My final take-away is – wow – there are so many interesting, accomplished, and wonderful singles and solos (and people!) in the world. Let’s get to know them and tell them we appreciate them.
By Bojinka Bishop, March 4, 2013
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- It’s all about art… and community “Art is something people can disagree about in a way that brings them together,” Pat Miller said. She should know. Miller has been working in community arts for 30 years and has brought lots of people and organizations together as community volunteer....
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