Living in Evansville
I love the smallness of Evansville! Coming from San Francisco and then Jacksonville, I was used to lots of traffic and the hustle-and-bustle. So I appreciate that Evansville is a little bit more quiet. I also love the people. I find everyone here is personable and welcoming. My neighbors wave! In the city, they don’t do that.
a value-driven practice
testing assumptions about life in evansville
I see Evansville as a rose. Consider San Francisco like a fully blossomed rose, and Evansville is a rose that’s budding. Sometimes, people are quick to want to force that bud to open — to bloom. But if we force a rose to open, we will tear the petals. So, over the next few years, I see a continuation of what’s happening already. I already see people opening restaurants and starting music festivals — we’re on the right path. The key is just to let it all happen naturally, rather than force it. I fear that we’ll lose the beauty of the growth if we force it to happen.
There is a lot of bickering right now, especially in politics. And I struggle with that too. I have to go back to my principles of love and connection to understand where other people are coming from. Currently, there’s a lack of understanding, a lack of pausing to see others as human beings instead of assigning political or religious labels. I think that is a big issue we face.
Developing New Definitions of Success
Success to me is if you’re happy in what you do, and you don’t care what people think about you. For example, I might strive to have a studio that’s busting at the seams and I would like that, but would that be what’s needed in my life? Maybe, maybe not. So it’s about being happy with where I am right now — being present to what’s here now.
I know for sure that people are perfect. We are all enough, just as we are. I think it’s so easy to lose sight of that. It gets clouded by what society says we should be. Even as kids we can get trapped by what our classmates say about us, or what our parents or religious leaders say we should do or be. I know that we are each perfect just as we are, and we should shine exactly as we are.
If someone can be happy about exactly who and where they are in life — that’s success.