Ally

: to join (yourself) with another person, group, etc., in order to get or give support

Source: www.merriam-webster.com

Etymology

Ally (v.): 14th century, Middle English alien, from Anglo-French alier, from Latin alligareto bind to,” from ad + ligareto bind” (related to ligature).

Source: www.merriam-webster.com

Wisdom

“Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom.”

Rumi (1207-1273, 13th century Persian mystic, Sufi master, and poet who continues to have an enduring influence in the US and around the world)

Bio Source:

www.bbc.com/culture/story/20140414-americas-best-selling-poet

“There is only one thing worse than fighting with allies, and that is fighting without them.”

Winston S. Churchill (1874-1965, British, journalist, historian and prime minister, who rallied his people during WWII and led his country from the brink of defeat to victory)

Bio Source:

www.biography.com/people/winston-churchill-9248164

“The tendency to claim God as an ally for our partisan value and ends is the source of all religious fanaticism.”

Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971, born Karl Paul Reinhold Niebuhr, American theologian, ethicist, public intellectual, commentator on politics and public affairs, and professor at Union Theological Seminary for more than 30 years; also best known for writing the “Serenity Prayer.”)

Bio Source:

www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/02/05/Obama.theologian/

“There are no words to express the abyss between isolation and having one ally. It may be conceded to the mathematician that four is twice two. But two is not twice one; two is two thousand times one.”

G.K. Chesterton (1874-1926, one of the dominating figures of the London literary scene in the early twentieth century)

Bio Source:

www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/g-k-chesterton

“A woman watches her body uneasily, as though it were an unreliable ally in the battle for love.”

Leonard Cohen (b. 1934, Canadian singer, songwriter, poet, and novelist, who explored religion, politics, loneliness, sexuality, and personal relationships)

Bio Source:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_Cohen

“When black women are down with you and in your corner, you have an ally that will move Heaven and Earth.”

Tyler Perry (b. 1969, American actor, producer, director, playwright, screenwriter, specializing in the gospel genre)

Bio Source:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyler_Perry

“I realized quickly what Mandela and Tambo meant to ordinary Africans. It was a place where they could come and find a sympathetic ear and a competent ally, a place where they would not be either turned away or cheated, a place where they might actually feel proud to be represented by men of their own skin color.”

Nelson Mandela (1918-2013, South African activist and former president, who helped bring an end to apartheid and was a global advocate for human rights)

Bio Source:

www.history.com/topics/nelson-mandela

Meditation

“There are no words to express the abyss between isolation and having one ally. It may be conceded to the mathematician that four is twice two. But two is not twice one; two is two thousand times one.”

— G.K. Chesterton

Every once in a while I have the opportunity to go shop at a really great authentic farmer’s market, which are chock-full of not only great nutritious foods, but also great salt-of-the Earth knowledge.

One of my stomping grounds is run by these wonderful women who make and sell their honey, jams, home-made quilts; grow their own organic produce, and produce their own organic soaps.

The first time I went, I have to admit, I felt a little lost.  For some reason, it took me a bit to understand all of what I was seeing.  But, the more I visited the more I began to ask questions, and these women began to share some of their secrets; like how to make kale chips, or that light blue eggs have much less cholesterol than whites or browns.   (And I didn’t even know there was any such thing as light blue eggs.)

Trish, who sold a plethora of local honey, had different variations from derived from the nectar of holly, wild flowers, or orange blossoms.  She also had a blend of honey from all the four seasons, which I purchased to guard against allergies.  In addition, she combined her honey with pecans or with garlic.

Trish said garlic by itself boots our immune systems, and so did honey, but when garlic allies with honey their potency multiplies ten thousand fold.

That’s why G.K. Chesterton’s quote so resonates.  When we find our beloveds, whether they are family members, soul mates, or communities we can then ally our capacities to create and to love at exponential proportions.  And when we do we can accomplish anything.

Stay well, strong and curious, sojourners!

Miraculously Yours, Tonya

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