If the great city I live in is going to the trouble of providing a decorated tree, and retail stores are filling their windows with special displays for passers-by, the least I can do is be a witness. So last week, I hit the train and made a quick tour of mid-Manhattan to visit Rockefeller Center and Bergdorf Goodman, whose windows are always spectacular. Their theme this year – Bergdorf “Goodness” – celebrates core values like love, harmony and equality. The value I’ve chosen for 2021 (thank you, BG) is HOPE, which was also one of theirs.
Bergdorf’s rendition, in enormous 3-D letters that resembled jewels, was harder to make out than this wall-sized art piece painted on the side of a building owned by Knowlton Studios in Bridgeport, CT. But the proclamation is there for all to see. What I particularly like about the imagery is depicted in a detail photo in the Times that shows the observer reflected within the sentiment.
Choosing this word sent me to the dictionary. You’ve probably heard, as I have, that “hope is not a strategy.” So I wanted to be sure that the message I’d be regarding for the next 365 days would inspire me. Here’s what my American Heritage Dictionary has to say:
- To wish for something with expectation of its fulfillment
- To look forward to with confidence or expectation
- To expect and desire
and further down the list, moving into the archaic meanings: The theological virtue defined as the desire and search for a future good, difficult but not impossible to attain with God’s help.
That’s when I knew it would be my word for 2021. Never have I needed divine guidance more than these days. Hope, it is.
I mentioned that I’d show you my updated studio space which reflects my HOPE for 2021. As a commitment to myself and an action step for the Universe, I invested in a better work area for my art. I wanted to stop using the floor for my design table, so cleared off a bookshelf unit and got new shelving and containers to make it easier to create. More to come, but here’s the before and after so far.