1: accorded highest rank or office
2: of greatest importance or influence
Chief (n.): c. 1300, “head, leader, captain; the principal or most important part of anything;” from Old French chief “leader, ruler, head” of something, “capital city” (10th century, Modern French chef), from Vulgar Latin capum, from Latin caput “head,” also “leader, chief person; summit; capital city” (related to: capitulum). Meaning “head of clan” is from 1570s; later extended to American Indian tribes. Commander-in-chief attested from 1660s.
"The chief enemy of creativity is 'good' sense."
Pablo Picasso (1881—1973, Spanish expatriate painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer, one of the greatest and most-influential artists of the 20th century and the creator of cubism)
"Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be."
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American Transcendentalist poet, philosopher and essayist during the 19th century)
"Of life's two chief prizes, beauty and truth, I found the first in a loving heart and the second in a laborer's hand."
Khalil Gibran (1883 – 1931, Lebanese-American artist, poet, and writer, best known for the 1923 book, "The Prophet")
"A friend is a beloved mystery; dearest always because he is not ourself, and has something in him which it is impossible for us to fathom. If it were not so, friendship would lose its chief zest."
Lucy Larcom (1823-1893, poet, abolitionist, and teacher)
"That idea of peace and love toward humanity shouldn't be nationalistic or denominational. It should be a chief concern for all mankind."
Mos Def (b. Dante Terrell Smith, 1973, American hip hop recording artist, actor, poet, and activist)
"A gentleman opposed to their enfranchisement once said to me, women have never produced anything of any value to the world. I told him the chief product of the women had been the men, and left it to him to decide whether the product was of any value."
Anna Howard Shaw (1847-1919, women's right activist, physician, writer, and first female minister of the Methodist Protestant Church)
"A lot of young girls have looked to their career paths and have said they'd like to be chief. There's been a change in the limits people see."
Wilma Mankiller (1945-2010, first woman to be elected chief of a major American Indian tribe and to have revitalized the Cherokee Nation’s tribal government and improved its education, health and housing)
“Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
There’s been a paradigm shift in our search for our life partners. Our chief concerns are no longer about survival and contractual agreements to improve our economic circumstances. It’s now about finding those soulmates that can help initiate those divine sparks within us that points us to our life purposes.
Sometimes, it’s not just about connecting to one life partner or one soulmate. But, rather it’s about finding the many trails that lead us to those soulmates who facilitate healing and wake us up, reminding us who we are.
Have you ever bumped into those earth angels whose chief purposes were spark your imagination through positive or negative reinforcements, even for a short period of time? If so, these soulmates may have been disguised as teachers, beloved family members, children, best friends, colleagues, acquaintances, or even strangers.
When I was in middle school, I had a great teacher named, Mrs. Bryant, for typing. I met her a couple years after my mother had died. I did really well in her class even though I was struggling emotionally. But, often in the middle class she would call me up to her desk and asked me if I was okay. No adult had ever asked me that before, so I was very unclear of how to answer. Before Ms. Bryant was transferred to another school she asked for me, and I was able to say goodbye to her. That was one of the most healing opportunities anybody ever did for me as a child, especially since I was not able to say goodbye to my own mother before she died.
Ms. Bryant must had known all that I was suffering with as a child even though she didn’t ask me directly. She simply loved me by paying extra attention. She did so gracefully as to not mistakenly create false inferior complexes either for me or for the other children in the class.
We have had many teachers, sojourners, literally and metaphorically; and they have been our life-savers, showing up when we need them the most.
Journey on, sisters and brothers!
Miraculously Yours, Tonya