The Word for 2019

I’ve been thinking a lot about 2019 and how to best proceed forward into it, both personally and as an artist. I know the changing of the year is just a day but society has deemed it something to pay attention to and so we can see it as we wish; a time to start over, clear our slate or generally re-think old habits and try to make changes. This year I have thought of a word to move forward with; a single word which I have deemed my word for 2019. My word is UNITY. This word seems to be on my mind on so many levels. Most folks can guess why this might be an important word for the year and we need not look further than a social media post, a tv news flash or the words of family or friends to see the division. I am looking at UNITY as a beautiful word these days, one I have taken for granted my entire life. Suddenly, I ponder how anything gets done on a large or small scale? How does anybody get along and make decisions based on what is right and based on the facts at hand…? How do families, companies, governments and organizations accomplish anything?  Obviously, wonderful things have been accomplished throughout human history because of unity. Suddenly people coming together seems so moving, so necessary and so beautiful.

I am pondering many pieces of art with the idea of “unity” but I am also thinking of “unity” on a personal level as a well. I am going to make a concerted effort to find unity all around me; in my family, in organizations and businesses. Finally, I am going to try to unify the things in my life that are divided. As an artist I tend to hide in my studio and go it alone much of the time- one artist against the raging wind of the world! I understand that one person cannot always go it alone and collaboration can be rewarding and even enjoyable (I’m laughing a little as I write this as artists can be a bit reclusive).

“So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth.” ~ Baha ‘U’ Llah



~ by ambeckart on January 8, 2019.

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