We had the good fortune of connecting with Lucy Garrity and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lucy, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
Years ago, I came across the poem “The Man in the Glass” by Dale Wimbrow, and this poem provides a beautiful metaphor summarizing my values. The poem invites us to look in the mirror and make sure the person we see is someone who acts and speaks with respect, and who presents authentically. For me, respect is a way of saying “you have value in this world”. Growing up in Colorado, we always shared a greeting as we passed someone on the street. When we hiked, camped, climbed, or walked outside, we “left no trace” as a way of saying the same thing to the natural world. Authenticity can be a big word, and often it means acting with originality. Of course this is important; however, the piece I love is getting to the core, the root or what is underneath – What is the heart of the story? Why does an organization care about something? The authentic part is like the ingredients that make a good cake. There’s so much magic, in people and in the world: there is value and there are gems everywhere! Sure, it may sound pollyanna, but who cares if it makes the world a better place?
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Over the past 25 years, I have worked as a filmmaker (video) helping individuals and not-for-profits tell their stories. It’s humbling to think of the amazing people I’ve worked with – people with disabilities, scientists with break-through theories, educators with in-depth knowledge and wisdom; lots of “ordinary” people who are actually quite extraordinary. There have been ups and downs and it’s never been a great money-maker, because that was neither the point nor the motivator. No, it hasn’t been easy, sometimes money has been pretty tight. But, the “ah-ha” when someone thinks about something in a new and expanded way, the tears when someone feels “seen” for who they truly are, the satisfaction when the final edit is done on a good film… these are priceless gifts. Trust and passion, and things have always worked out.
After COVID cancelled our production schedule (now revived) a little over a year ago, I was given the opportunity to work with leaders in a world-wide movement to reconnect people with nature. It awakened my passion for strategy and coalitions, bridge-building and communicating across boundaries (real and perceived). We’re continuing to do our video messaging, it’s just that now we are stepping up to do our part in helping to make our world work better for all.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Museum of Contemporary Art, Mercury Cafe, Swallow Hill, Soiled Dove Underground, Little India, Friday Night Arts Walk, hiking (obviously, but I’m keeping the location secret :), Denver Botanic Gardens, Ethiopian Restaurant on east Colfax…
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My life is full of amazing people and I would be nowhere without them – wise Julia the artist, insightful Irina the life coach, powerfully grounded sustainability guide Rachel, Tina and Rex my wise elders, master creative Michael, wonderful healthcare provider Jennifer, Jungian dreamworker Judy, international peace developer Colum, life-teacher Ella, Erina, Sara, Mike, Astrid, Kathe, Amy, Nancy, Elizabeth, Jill… the list goes on. The people in my life continue to teach me about love, curiosity, learning, integrity, and life in general. They are philosophically curious, hilariously funny, wise, peaceful and free and I’m incredibly blessed to have them all.
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