i'm thankful for the community that regularly kicks my butt when i'm out of line, that picks me up when i'm stuck in the mud, that helps me climb ladders onto roofs just so i can see the view, that doesn't laugh at me when i'm scared of climbing down, that inspires and ignites new passions in me, that feeds and grows off of my existing ones, that includes me in the family, that lets me sing and laugh at the top of my lungs, that calls me in and brings me home.
without them, i'm just a lone violin. together, we are a symphony. or, more accurately, an atmospheric folk orchestra. i love them; and even more, i love us.
there is no conflict in isolation, but neither is there confluence. we're better together.
photos by jon earley.