If you’re still feeling a bit down, I highly recommend taking the time to read a letter written by Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock from the early part of 2016 and published at nesthq.com. Addressed to “the Next Generation of Artists” it is an inspiring letter that is every bit as beneficial for arts managers as it is artists.
While it’s true that the issues facing the world are complex, the answer to peace is simple; it begins with you. You don’t have to be living in a third world country or working for an NGO to make a difference. Each of us has a unique mission. We are all pieces in a giant, fluid puzzle, where the smallest of actions by one puzzle piece profoundly affects each of the others. You matter, your actions matter, your art matters.
The duo’s letter continues with concise segments of insight covering the following areas (emphasis added to those I found particularly moving):
- First, Awaken To Your Humanity
- Embrace And Conquer The Road Less Traveled
- Welcome The Unknown
- Understand The True Nature Of Obstacles
- Don’t Be Afraid To Interact With Those Who Are Different From You
- Strive To Create Agenda-Free Dialogue
- Be Wary Of Ego
- Work Towards A Business Without Borders
- Appreciate The Generation That Walked Before You
- Lastly, We Hope That You Live In A State Of Constant Wonder