Responding intentionally with LOVE
2020 hasn't been the year we hoped for. I think we can all agree on that! I've decided to address the turmoil that is tumbling in my heart and mind, the best way I know how, with art.
My language of choice.
In the midst of a pandemic, racial injustices, and political warfare, I'm choosing to channel my energy away from hate. Despite the media and all the fear it stirring up in us,
I'm choosing to do my absolute best to focus on the opportunity that has been created for us, on the opposite end of the spectrum.
I know it's not my job to fix America, and help us all get along. I'm highly unqualified to address...all that. But I can't help but to wonder, "WHAT IF?" What if I could do one little thing, where I am, with what I have, to inspire a better alternative? What would that look like?
What kind of seed could I plant?
Could I create one image to encompass a message of LOVE-
the kind of love that naturally includes PEACE and UNITY?
I decided to use my restless energy and respond with my version of a solution.
Focus on what could be. Focus on the good.
These were the images I found in my prayers, in my creative time, in my heart, and in a hundred little sketches throughout my journals. These were the messages that visited me and pestered me until I gave them time and attention. These were the images that lit a flame of hope inside. These were the seeds I wanted to plant and see flourish.
Time to decide what to do next. Create something.
Something small. Affordable. Easy to ship. Something that is useful that can help create positive dialogue around issues that are hard to talk about.
Something that can be put in places as a reminder, or put on our favorite things as we go about our daily lives. Something that says so much without having to speak.
My something of choice is decals (stickers), and magnets.
Like modern day scout badges for your car, to let the world know what troupe you belong to. The loving, inclusive one...because you might not know exactly what to say, and heaven forbid you say it wrong. People are choosing silence for fear of being blasted for saying things wrong...and then being ridiculed for their silence.
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This is an alternative. My alternative.
These are conversation starters. These are seedlings.
The world has given us a lot of shit to sift through. Let's choose to use it as fertilizer, and grow something beautiful. I pray we all pick our seeds wisely,
because soon we will have a healthy crop from todays choices.
Let's do our best to avoid bitterness. That seed takes root quickly and grows wildly.
Let's choose PEACE over chaos, LOVE over hate, and UNITY over division.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
I'd love for you to join our troupe!
Scout badges, conversation starters, seedlings,
or whatever you want to call these decals
can be purchased from my Etsy shop.
A portion of all the proceeds goes to charity and into further developing ideas.
Day to day art making adventures can be seen on Instagram: @heidilovesart