Movers & Groovers,
I have a few tattoos and they all have meaning. This one above was done by the homie Aaron at Lucky Rabbit Tattoos in Muncie, Indiana. Aaron is working on a half-sleeve on my right arm; I’ll tell the story of the other piece he’s already completed in another post. But why would I get a graffiti-styled tattoo of “unity?” I’m glad you asked. (I have to link Queen Latifah’s “U-N-I-T-Y” right here though!)
Psalm 133:1 “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” That’s the source of inspiration for the tattoo but it’s tied into a much bigger journey in my life.
I watched a video this morning about wealth inequality in America and it made me think of a few things.
1. We are truly united…whether we like it or not.
2. There are some people who have a whole lot and some people who have very little.
3. How much wealth does one person really need? When they get to that point, wouldn’t it be great if they said, “I really don’t need any of this but I bet somebody could work with this.”
4. If hard work is the way to success, how do we explain all the hard-working people living in poverty?
But that’s not what this post is about. I am not an economist but I do think we need to figure out how to support those in need because of thing #1 that I mentioned above.
Unity is something I’ve been working to understand for a long time. I know we are ONE; I believe God created each and every one of us with the intention that we would actively find ways to support each other through love. I’ve been blessed to see how people can truly be supports for each other in many ways, mostly in my career as an educator. Being an educator demands an attitude of “service before self” (a mantra I picked up from my Pops, a retired United States Air Force veteran…”service before self” is one of the core values of the USAF). But in serving others, we grow closer to each other and in turn become more like ONE.
I won’t say there is no unity among us. I will say that we need more unity. On my album Expressions, there are two songs that highlight the need for more love and more peace. Really, I could have added unity to that. I believe that love, peace and unity are necessary. I remember my life without love; it was chaotic and hateful. I remember my life without peace; it was conflict-ridden and painful. I remember my life without unity; it was isolated and full of anxiety.
I am still looking for opportunities to increase the love, peace and unity in my life. It’s a journey I’m sure I’ll be on until I’m jettisoned into space at the end of my life on Earth. BUT the key is being on the journey. I had to make a decision to start the journey. I decided to use my music to start and continue my journey. My career as an educator came after my music; I chose to become an educator because I knew it would keep me on my journey. What about you? Where will your journey start? What will you do to stay on your journey? Along the way, who will you serve?
I hope these words find you in peace and leave you encouraged to begin or continue your journey filled with love, peace and unity.