2022…we welcome you with open arms, open minds and open hearts!

Is there anything quite like January? The chance to begin anew, forge new paths, new friendships and new horizons!

Last January, we witnessed an attempted coup on our capital juxtaposed with the nation’s youngest Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman. Literally, the dawn after the fiercest of storms…and for many of us, she symbolized the hope that we craved and needed. And while 2021 felt palpably better than 2020, it too, was shrouded in a veil of fear and despair.

So as we launch into 2022, let’s again think on Amanda’s words:

And so we lift our gazes not to what stands between us,
but what stands before us.
We close the divide because we know, to put our future first,
we must first put our differences aside.
We lay down our arms
so we can reach out our arms
to one another.
We seek harm to none and harmony for all.

This.

This is what we are trying to do with Universal Stories. To put our differences aside and to connect with one another through our stories – the threads that bind us all and one.

Here’s to 2022! Here’s to the opportunity to begin again! Here’s to January!