Don’t we all strive for harmony?
It seems to me that the quest for harmony — social, emotional, intellectual, physical and spiritual — shapes most of human endeavours, even if, it must be said, we often fail, and achieve not harmony, but discord.
What are the prerequisites for harmony?
Well, for me, they include:
- The beach at sunset — a receding tide, glowing clouds, and a big extended family having fun together, what more could you ask for?
- Integration of the different parts of my life — this screen print by a friend includes the pink Adinkra symbol (Gye Nyame) that represents my family connection to Ghana; the bull reminds me of growing up on the farm; the sanskrit character represents the artist’s Indian heritage; and the green wall — well, green’s my favourite colour.
- Immersion in water. Ok, this pic is not me, but it shows that G Ketewa shares my feeling of being in harmony with the world, when floating in the H2O. It’s a feeling I also get after swimming, dancing, cycling … yes, getting those endorphins flowing with physical activity results in absolute harmony of body and spirit. I feel like a goddess after exercise — I’m totally addicted.
- Family celebrations — my birthday feast last year: Obaapaa & DadaK brought yams and stew, my friends brought salad, and I provided the chicken and chips. The table cloth features more adinkra symbols and the white glass goblet is one of a set that I grew up with. The children think they’re very special, just as I did as a child. The scene may appear a little chaotic, but it represents the harmony we’ve achieved in our 21st century bicultural family.
What does harmony mean to you?
Other takes on harmony here.