A new year ahead, and Arts win 8

First day of the New Year… what can we say about the old one? Many problems we faced, worldwide. The crisis is still ahead, but all the Countries are working to solve it soon. I feel a new atmosphere today. People are more relaxed, the New Year brings fresh air of positive energy.

A new year ahead, and Arts win

When economy, pragmatism, materialism and left brain methods fail, Arts help and right brain can give you what you need: love, hope, creation, imagination, a change.

Museums record higher than expected attendance in all the world.

But it is not only a kind of healing salve. Arts help you understand better the world, yourself, the others and the society.

Many of you will say: but we just need to be Rational, Analytical, Objective. Wrong! you are not a machine!

Arts will teach you that problems can have more than one solution, that in complex forms of problem solving purposes are seldom fixed, but change with circumstance and opportunity.

Small differences can have large effects.

You don’t live to work, you work to live, and you live to be happy and to love.

We just need to grab the intuition we lost with all the materialism in the world. I know it’s not an easy task 🙂 but 2009 will be an year of change for everyone, and for the best. I wish you all the best, my friends, and Happy New Year!

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  • Daisy 2 January, 2009 at 1:24 am

    Oh! I Love her top. I’m guessing this a dress…

    Happy New year!

    Passing by from BE…

  • Brandon J. Van Every 2 January, 2009 at 2:14 am

    Yeah, I’m starting the year with an “artistic, irrational” undertaking: attempting to contribute to the Freeciv game project. It doesn’t make dollars and cents but somehow feels like the right thing to do this week. +1 for the bodice!

  • Mike Sellers 2 January, 2009 at 3:38 am

    Hey Manuel – Happy New Year!

    A great year for coming together, I hope, in the arts and other ways. I hope a lot of the worst is behind us, but we’ll see.

    (Who is the beautiful woman in the picture, btw? A model or someone you know? Or both!?)

  • Manuel Marino
    2 January, 2009 at 3:44 am

    Ciao Mike!! welcome aboard! it’s a pleasure to have you too on the boat 🙂

    Ok… I think that the worst is really behind…

    …talking with friends and also acquaintances, I could say in “music” that we are just at the beginning of a “crescendo” 🙂

    About the beautiful woman… mmmm… I’ll keep the secret, ok? 🙂

  • Maritha Bergman 2 January, 2009 at 10:07 am

    Hi Manuel!
    That was a lot of good words and thoughts for this new year that´s already here and what we neede to hear.
    Keep up Ur good work and lets hope this year will be brighter.

    Maritha Bergman

  • Jeff Doak 2 January, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Here’s to a new year! I hope it brings a chance for closure on old problems and the excitement of new, interesting projects to work on.

  • Arnold Beekes 5 January, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Hi Manuel,

    I absolutely agree with you. Especially in business and politics there need to be much more emphasis on the right brain. There need to be a balance between right and left.

    As most western economies are service economies, hopefully the starting interest in service design/innovation will grow. And service business is people business, so the highest impact on people’s behavior is from their beliefs and their thinking. ‘Things’ which you can not see and which need more emphasis like the right part of the brain.

  • Manuel Marino
    6 January, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Thank you Arnold! Arnold sent me also an email about a very interesting book: A Whole New Mind from Dan Pink. It also focuses on developing the right side of the brain. Highly Recommended.

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