1 (a) the tendency of a body to float or to rise when submerged in a fluid; (b) chemistry: the power of a fluid to exert an upward force on a body placed in it
2: the ability to recover quickly from depression or discouragement: resilience
3: the property of maintaining a satisfactorily high level (as of prices or economic activity)
Buoyancy (n.): 1713, “relative lightness, quality of floating on water or other liquid,” from buoyant + –cy. Figurative sense “cheerfulness, hopefulness” (of spirits, etc.) is from 1819. Meaning “power of supporting a body so that it floats” is from 1831.
"It is the hopeful, buoyant, cheerful attitude of mind that wins. Optimism is a success builder; pessimism an achievement killer."
Orison Swett Marden (1848–1924, American inspirational author who wrote about achieving success in life and founded SUCCESS magazine in 1897. His writings discuss common-sense principles and virtues that make for a well-rounded, successful life. Many of his ideas are based on New Thought philosophy.)
"When my mood was high, I seemed normal, even buoyant. I felt smarter. I had secrets. I could see God in a light bulb."
Gene Tierney (1920 – 1991, American film and stage actress, acclaimed as a great beauty and leading lady. Best known for her portrayal of the title character in the film "Laura" (1944) and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as Ellen Berent Harland in "Leave Her to Heaven” (1945))
"I think it's fair to say that my temperament is steady - and on the buoyant side."
President Barack Obama (b. 1961, the 44th President of the United States, from 2009 to 2017. His father from Kenya and mother from Kansas, born in Hawaii)
"Bigotry is the disease of ignorance, of morbid minds; enthusiasm of the free and buoyant, education and free discussion are the antidotes of both."
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, a spokesman for democracy, an American Founding Father, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776), and the third President of the United States, 1801–1809)
“It is the hopeful, buoyant, cheerful attitude of mind that wins. Optimism is a success builder; pessimism an achievement killer.” — Orison Swett Marden
Hello, fellow travelers! I know! It’s been some time since I’ve written. It’s not that I didn’t have much to say. There was plenty to write and scream about! But, I needed a little time to reflect, especially on the language that would be meaningful!
It goes without saying that there’s been a lot of chaos in our world. Through the natural disasters of earth, wind, and fire, our world is being pummeled and refined anew. Like most of you, I’ve been bombarded with the barrage of daily assaults, and whiplashed from observing the political table tennis games our leaders play. But, frankly, I no longer wanted to focus on or write about our national three-ring circus.
Instead, it is my hope that I can insert radical hope into our cultural bloodstream, especially over the airwaves of the Internet, by being of service through modeling wholeness and accessing the deeper levels of joy, wonder, and awe. Also, I intend to facilitate beauty in the world by being a catalyst of unconditional love and by providing buoyancy through the healing power of luminous words. Personally, I can do this by staying focused on my unique mission and purpose.
Let’s all pledge, sojourners, to do so despite our fluctuating states of reality. Let’s work to stay grounded, resilient, and balanced.