Mother of Good Intentions

Worth the fight.
Worth the fight.

Sometimes forward progress feels like no progress at all.  That is when I know that quality action and creation is being implemented.  Last Thursday evening was the Richmond Planning commission meeting to combat a big corporation from building an unnecessary development and the 29th Annual Art Auction benefiting the Hospitality House at the White Walls & The Shooting Gallery in San Francisco.  While my artwork was on display for a silent auction to help a good cause, I was fighting for one on the other side of the Bay.

JBI.11.12.1885, 8x8x5 inches, acrylic installation
JBI.11.12.1885, 8x8x5 inches, acrylic installation.

The Hospitality House has been an institution of positivity since 1967 empowering the homeless for social change.  They are located in one of the toughest neighborhoods called the Tenderloin a.k.a. my first studio home.  My time there helped develop a strong sense of “character.”  I was raised that money should never define a person but a strong faith in doing what is “right” should.  That principle has guided me so far.

On Friday morning, I drove to White Walls & The Shooting Gallery to see if the auction was still up.  Unfortunately, the staff was too efficient and almost all the works were packed or removed.  My hope is that the event went well and raised lots of money.

Empty walls...
Empty walls…

Could the old proverb “the road to hell is paved with good intentions” be true?  I would have loved to be at the auction instead of dealing with a scrupulous developer.  However, some fights can’t be ignored from corporate greed to supporting the homeless.  Overall, trying to do my little part and on this Mother’s Day wanted to thank my mom who taught me the important principles of right and wrong mixed with a strong work ethic can result in “good.”

Happy Mother's Day.
Happy Mother’s Day.

Cindy Gallop: “I have a low tolerance for people who complain about things but never do anything to change them.  This led me to conclude that the single largest pool of untapped natural resources in this world is human good intentions that are never translated into actions.”

May the good work (battle) continue…

The links:

http://www.ci.richmond.ca.us

http://www.hospitalityhouse.org

http://www.hospitalityhouse.org/Auction/2014/preview.html

http://www.ted.com/speakers/cindy_gallop

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