Recently I've had some conversations with beaders who have prefaced their email or phone conversation with, "I don't know if you have time for me."
That made me sad.
Since when did beaders feel so inferior to others that they had to apologize for taking up someone's time to ask a simple beading question, or to make a comment about how they admired them? And how hard is it to give that beader a bit of help, or to thank them for the admiration? How horrible to tell someone "I look up to you" and be ignored.
In the beading world, there are layers of artists. There are those that many aspire to be, and there are those that are learning, improving, honing their craft. I get that. There are jewelry artists out there who have truly been touched by the hand of God -- their talent and sense of style and imagination are out of this world. And these are the people that we look up to. I look up to them, too.
Some of these people forget where they started. Everyone started at the beginning. Everyone started wondering where they were going. And I'm sure that at some point, everyone had to ask someone a question.
So please -- for those of you who have people who look up to them -- be kind. Kindness is golden. Kindness is worth more than all the money in the world. Kindness is remembered and passed along. Kindness is held in the heart and it blooms. Kindness can build an artist's confidence, and kindness can encourage someone to grow.
(((Hugs and encouragement all around.)))))