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"For as long as I can remember I have wanted to be a graphic designer. I had reached a point in my life where I accepted that this dream was never going to become a reality. That is until I found KCTB. I put up my first ad for graphic design on a whim. I was itching to make something, anything. To my surprise within a week I was working on a project for Habitat for Humanity designing an anniversary logo for their celebration. The entire experience was surreal. Here I was doing this thing that I thought was never going to become a reality. Since that first job I have designed a variety of flyers, tickets, programs and even a billboard which is currently being displayed in Akron. I've recently secured a job in the print industry due largely to my experience that I received through KCTB networking and exchanges. I feel very secure in saying that without KCTB none of this would have happened and I would still be living in a reality where I had accepted that my dream would never become a reality." - Pad Womack @ Kent Community TimeBank, Ohio https://crookedriver.timebanks.org/ . #timebankingis #community #50storiesin50days #timebanks #story #timeasmoney #makingdreamsreal Photo by Univ. of New Hampshire
Reflection by Edgar Cahn
In Pad Womack’s graphic, a cog labelled idea powers the creative cog driving a whole system of multi-colored gear wheels.
Mechanical becomes organic – when it inspires art and beauty, when it unleashes a life of creativity and opportunity, when design becomes the fulfillment of a moment of inner balance.
We see it in art. The mosaic of a stained glass window – spirit translucent in a geometric arch – framed, unchanging, yet somehow honoring the spirit that empowers us all and defines the world in an orderly, disorderly expanding universe.
Fixed becomes fluid. Static becomes dynamic. Mechanical becomes art. Words after all are just a collection of inanimate letters. Yet words convey meaning, sentences generate emotion, paragraphs capture moments in time. Art, while frozen in time, captures spiritual aspiration.
With TimeBanking, a simple equation, 1 = 1, drives chains of gear wheels, turning, spinning, propelling a renewal of trust and the rebirth of a humming economy of home, family, neighborhood, and community.
We are the product of biochemical interactions of inert molecules that somehow produced a creature, a species driven by curiosity to conquer space and time.