1: possessing or characterized by life: alive
2: full of life
3: of or relating to animal life as opposed to plant life
4: referring to a living thing
Animate (v.): 14th century, Middle English, from Latin animatus, past participle of anymore “to give life to,” from anima “breath, soul“; akin to Old English ōthian “to breathe,” Latin animus “spirit,” Greek animus “wind,” Sanskrit anti “he breathes“
I am myself for a living. I don't animate a character.
James Taylor (b.1948, American singer-songwriter and guitarist; five-time Grammy Award winner, who was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000; one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 100 million records worldwide)
"Most of the time one is discouraged by the work, but now and again by some grace something stands out and invites you to work on it, to elaborate it or animate it in some way. It's a mysterious process."
Leonard Cohen (1934-2016, influential singer and songwriter whose work spanned nearly 50 years)
"We often forget that everything we see, animate or inanimate, is a visual manifestation of the work of our invisible God. We have become so accustomed to trees, mountains, sky, air, water, flowers, animals, vegetables and people that we no longer see them for what they are - God's work."
Mother Angelica (1923-2016, Rita Antoinette Rizzo, Catholic American Franciscan nun best known for her television personality, founder of the internationally broadcast cable television network Eternal Word Network (EWTN) and the radio network WEWN)
"Forests, lakes, and rivers, clouds and winds, stars and flowers, stupendous glaciers and crystal snowflakes - every form of animate or inanimate existence, leaves its impress upon the soul of man."
Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, author and founder of "Success" magazine and part of the "New Thought Movement," a spiritual group that emphasized metaphysics and spiritual development)
"I'm always interested in looking - historically - at how theater can animate history and how all of that can make us engage with our lives in an enriching way."
Diane Paulus (b. 1966, director of theater and opera, artistic director the repertory theater at Harvard, selected as 2014 Time Magazine's 100 most influential in the world)
“We often forget that everything we see, animate or inanimate, is a visual manifestation of the work of our invisible God. We have become so accustomed to trees, mountains, sky, air, water, flowers, animals, vegetables and people that we no longer see them for what they are – God’s work.”
When I first moved to the state of Florida I was so animated to see Nature it all of Her Glory. Everywhere I looked there was wonders and beauty to behold. There were rainbows, brilliant and dynamic colors and dances of the sky that were absolutely hypnotizing.
Make no mistake, there were loads of nature in New York City too, but of different varieties. The sky was also brilliant, but with a different palette. The species of animals were different as well. In Central Park, for instance, one could see hawks, coyotes, beavers, owls, and a great assortment of birds. One only had to be on the lookout for God’s creatures and they would be in your face like any New Yorker would.
In Florida, nature is so abundant and commonplace that most folks actually ignore it. Initially, I did as well. I was not numb, but in disbelief, to how much magic was around me. I remember sitting in my office and looked back to see a golden eagle looking down at me from a tall palm tree outside my window. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but after a few days I realized how special that moment was.
Now, I take nothing for granted, not rainbows, fluffy clouds, sunrises or sunsets, weather patterns, nor a diversity of animated creatures that included deer, eagles, owls, cranes, bears, cardinals, turtles, frogs, woodpeckers, etc.
Let us stay awake and continue to be in awe of ALL that surrounds and ignites us, bringing us to higher stages of consciousness.
Faithfully Yours, Tonya