The truly futuristic sounding year of 2020 is almost upon us. While 2019 has most likely affected us all in both positive and negative ways, let’s dwell on the positive aspects as we say goodbye to those things that caused us emotional stress and physical discomfort.

Many Colombians burn ‘old year’ dolls to ritually say goodbye to the past and welcome the new. Año Nuevo celebrations can be found in many pueblos and cities around the country. Photo: Henry Lewis 01/01/2019

During this week while we consider how we’ve changed over the past year and look forward to a new script yet unwritten, I’d like to thank all my fellow bloggers for making me part of your online community. Many of you feel like old friends and I can’t express how much I appreciate your support for following this blog and for the enormous contributions you’ve made by sharing your own insights along the way.

My hope is that in 2020, we can join together to promote peace, understanding, tolerance and social justice for ALL.

In 2020…

May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the warm rays of sun fall upon you,
May the hand of a friend be always near,
May green be the grass you walk on,
May blue be the skies above you,
May pure be the joys that surround you,
And may true be the hearts that love you.

~From a traditional Irish Blessing

Peace and Happy New Year

~henry

Posted by Henry Lewis

Unconventional artist, writer, videographer and teacher. Personal Quote: It isn't easy being me ;-)

31 Comments

  1. The well-chosen Irish Blessing is for personal happiness, and your hope for 2020 for happiness for all. A lovely combination.

    Thank you for keeping us informed and for promoting ideas that aim for a better world.

    Good work that may continue into the next year and beyond.

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    1. Thanks so much Marios for being such a loyal reader as well as for your insightful commentary. Happy 2020!

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  2. May 2019 be the end of what stops your hopes from coming true. Happier 2020 Henry. Kdr. ________________________________

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  3. Keep up the good work and writing. I enjoy reading your blog, and I am happy to be a part of your community.

    Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you and Happy 2020.

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  4. I think 2020 is like having perfect vision and maybe we’ll all wake up and see more clearly, what needs to be done, before it’s too late. 🙂 I’m with a Pondering Mind…enjoy your blog and we are definitely a community.

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    1. I have similar hopes for 2020 @hitandrun1964 and love using ‘2020’ as a symbol of seeing more clearly. Thank you!

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  5. Thank you for your uplifting message, Henry! Many new and wonderful experiences, ideas and friendships will bloom this year. May it be our most peaceful, participatory and promising year yet this millennia!

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    1. I gratefully share those hopes Rebecca. Happy 2020!

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  6. Best wishes for a happy new year to you, Henry!

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    1. Thank you Robert. Wishing you a year of personal fulfillment, good health and joy!

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  7. My grandparents used to talk about life in the 20s. Like you, I hope ours is nicer.

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    1. Hi Mike,

      Yes, I heard many stories about those earlier times from my grandparents as well. Life during and between the two great world wars must have been harrowing. In many ways, it does feel as if we’re crossing the threshold into a new era. I share your hope that it’s more pleasant for all, without repeating the mistakes of the past.

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  8. Happy Holidays and a warm New Year! It feels as if we’re entering the roaring 20’s once again…I do hope it is full of enlightenment and empathy instead of strife and stress. Thanks for reading my blog this year. I look forward to your 2020 posts!

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    1. Thank you Adam. I think what you’re doing is very important, and I enjoy reading about your creative ideas. Happy 2020!

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    1. Thank you and Happy 2020 to you as well Dracul!

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  9. The same to you and your family. Thank you for all your posts this year. L.

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    1. Thank you! Just as I wish every year, may 2020 bring peaceful coexistence to humanity.

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  10. I hope you find peace and adventure and more writing projects in the coming year Henry.

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  11. Thanks Kim. All the best to u in 2020 as well!

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  12. Nice message of hope for the new year ! How are you these days? I have not had any news from you for ages .. you seem to have found your place .. write me : kevindempsey56@yahoo.com   I’m really sick of social media and must kill Facebook this year.  Best wishes .. hope this gets to you  Kevin x 

    Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone

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    1. Hi Kevin,

      I will send you an update soon. I agree that killing social media is a good start for a happier new year.

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  13. Thanks for the lovely blessing Henry. May it return to you sevenfold.

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  14. Loved it.
    My latest article “A War is Coming”, on my blog. Kindly give your views and comments.

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    1. I will look for your latest article Sandomina. I enjoy reading your viewpoints.

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  15. Thank you very much for this great post! I really enjoyed reading it! I have recently published an article on the importance of hope and it’s role within society. If you have time, it would be great if you could check it out and let me know your thoughts! Thanks 🙂

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  16. I know this is beyond the New Year, but the wishes are the same. For my mind, we must never lose hope.

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