Turd in the punch bowl

If you want to see what your future looks like, look around to the people you are surrounding yourself by.

People we surround ourselves by are reflections of ourselves. I got a recent taste of this with my art studio. I have recently moved into a shared space. Going in, I was clear about my vision and mission. I was under the understanding that the participants in the space shared the same vision.

Very quickly, I ran into problems. After the first day of setting up in my space I was confronted with issues by another person. It was done privately, but in writing. Very quickly the drama became more than I wanted to deal with and I offered to bow out quietly and find another place.

I was reassured the situation was addressed and there would be no more issues. Drama reared it’s ugly head again. This time, someone visiting my studio was a victim. Suddenly my studio transformed from a inspirational creative space to a space of negative energy. It was associated with drama and negativity. This one person no longer wanted to come to my space. I decided there was no possible way I was allowing my studio become a place associated with such energy.

The situation was quickly remedied but it made me start thinking. Who is associated with your name, your brand, your reputation? I once had to end a friendship because her drama was reflecting badly on me and my reputation. I don’t want to be associated with drama and negative energy. I most definitely don’t want my art work and art space associated with it.

You will be known for who you surround yourself by. Make sure it’s enhancing you, not detracting from you. As my Grandpa would say, “it only takes one turd in the punch bowl to ruin the party”. Is it time to throw out the punch?



About strokeofred

I am from Kansas and I have traveled all over the world. I am an artist, and I have a business brain. I love skirts and tennis shoes. I like to get dirty and ride motorcycles. I am sensitive and I can be mean. I love nature, and believe in protecting it. I love to laugh, and feel better after a good cry. I can be stubborn and impatient. I am constantly growing. I am open and free. I look to be inspired and love to inspire. I play guitar and secretly want to play drums. I have a puppy that brings me great joy. I love hugs, cuddling, holding hands...and wrestling. I love the mountains and the beach. I have to make a pilgrimage to the ocean at least twice a year to balance myself. I believe in balance in all things. Traveling is a passion, and meeting interesting people from all over the world is the perk! I have small town values, and big city dreams. I love beer, hate wine. I believe that what you put out comes back. I believe and live by the belief of treating others like you want to be treated. I enjoy stimulating conversation, and a good sense of humor. Caffeine is my drug of choice, and coffee over chess or good conversation is my luxury. I am strong but sometimes feel small. I strive to be my authentic me.
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