Today is the day we're reminded of how thankful we are?or at least of how thankful we should be.
Today is Thanksgiving and many of us are with friends and family. And you know what? We're thankful for them (or at least most of them :-)).
We live in a country where censorship of our talents is met with vehement protest. We live in a country where dreams are followed and voices are heard. We had forefathers who possessed enough presence of mind to include these safeguards in our constitution. And we thank them.
We're reminded of friends who have helped us and who have been sources of support and inspiration. We're thankful for them.
We each have our own lists of things and people that we're so thankful for. Many of us include family, friends, and freedom on those lists... and yet each list is as unique and as varied as the stars that brighten our night sky. We're thankful.
But of all the things in your life to be thankful for (and I hope the list is as long as your arm) please remember to be thankful for yourself. Give thanks for having a talent that makes the rest of us green with envy. For being brave enough to share that talent with the world. For giving us a gift that brings smiles to our faces and broadens our minds.
Your gift of art starts meaningful conversations. Your artwork transcends your studio and speaks to the world, to all humanity, to future generations. Your artwork moves our souls, brings us to laughter and to tears.
Don't ever discount how important your artwork is to this world. And don't ever forget your Creator gifted you with those abilities....you have a responsibility
to use them and share that gift with the rest of us.
So for this Thanksgiving we have all kinds of plans. We plan to enjoy our time off. We plan to enjoy our friends and our families. We plan to try to ignore the stress as our in-laws argue. We plan to ignore the blaring TV. We're planning to try to forget about the dishes for a while in the afternoon. And we plan to lose ourselves in front of our favorite paintings, sculpture and photographs and, at those very moments, dear artists, we plan to give thanks for you.
Because for all those reasons and more...the rest of us are thankful for you.
Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
The FASO Team
Clint, Carrie, Padgett, Lisa, Doug, Marsha, Jennifer