This Flashback Friday we're sharing a note from Wild Love founder, Andrea Maki. dated July 1, 2014.
"Recently I was asked, “What’s in it for me?" I was told there are those who can’t believe anyone could be so altruistic as to create a project and seek a unified solution to benefit wild horses and the whole without a personal agenda lurking behind the scenes. That in this day when there is more money to be made from the “fight”, crisis and divisions versus solutions, some would believe a snake oil salesman before they would believe an individual would actually put all on the line in the name of greater good and mutual benefit. In addition, I was told, there are those who presume I have deep pockets or a silver spoon supporting WLP efforts, no matter how many times I clarify otherwise and that I have been a self-employed, self-supported, visual artist since 1988 - no security nets, inheritance or alimony. The truth, of course, is that WLP has been supported by grants and donors since inception in 2010, in addition to my personal commitment, loans and credit lines, as we prove our worth via boots-on-the-ground action while seeking full project funding.
All said, I completely understand that which was shared with me, however I also find it sad and unfortunate. We are jaded for good reason and it is only natural to question truth in kindness, compassion and action on behalf of the whole, as well assume ego is in play. This is the world we currently live in, however, I also believe it is only by holding true to ones course that time and action ultimately prove otherwise. In my belief we are here to care for the whole, act with truth, kindness, respect, understanding and compassion without being plagued by ego. When engaging with those of different beliefs, common ground can be found via kindness, respect and perseverance opening doors to further discussion. We can rise above drawn lines if we so choose. Truth, sincerity, accountability, integrity, follow through and compassion are traits of my life and a reflection of the way in which I was brought up. No matter the ways of the outside, I will always take pride in walking my talk, acting my truth and being that which I personally prefer to see in terms of human co-existence. Love is action.
-Andrea Maki, July 1, 2014
This truth remains, as does our perseverance and due diligence.