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The Little Fair with the Big Heart

By Steve Clayton

Another highly successful Riverview Holistic Fair is in the books.

Just before we went to bed – very early I might add – I read, but did not reply to, a message asking me what Kim and I had done differently with this Fair as it felt more like the Fairs of old; the energy was strong, fresh and loving. I thought about this as I was drifting off because I did not think I had done anything differently myself for this Fair; this is what came to me.

I believe the Fair’s success resulted from all of our combined efforts.

From my beautiful wife Kim, who works long hours behind the scenes organizing a man who is anything but organized.

From Wes Cochrane, who not only gave up his own weekend to help run the Fair but who arrived Sunday morning to clean the complete front entrance using his own salt.

From all our volunteers who donate their time to work the door with a warm welcome for the public who stroll in.

From the lovely Tina Antle and her daughter Maya who early Saturday morning seeing I was running out of time took it upon themselves to wipe down the plaster-dust coated chairs in the newly renovated classroom so people would have a clean place to sit.

From Jean and Dany Richard who unasked stayed to help me clean up.

These are only a few examples of the spirit of the Fair but there are so many more.

All of you who were exhibitors, whether you were there for one day or both days or, as in the case of Shivaraj who gave presentations only, you each brought your passion and energy, your unique expression of the Divine, to share with others.

I truly believe that what makes the Little Fair with the Big Heart unique, and in the case of this particular Fair, so special is that we have collectively created a safe, supportive and loving atmosphere in which we can express our passion for what we do, for what we believe in.

We often hear it said that as human beings ‘we want to be loved for who we are’, what we do not hear often but which I feel is as equally important is that ‘we want to be able to love from who we are’. At the Fair we have created an event, a space, where we can do just that and it shows; the Heart will not be denied.

To each and every one of you who took part, who lovingly brought your uniqueness to the Fair, who opened your hearts to others I thank you, I respect you, I love you.

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