: to say (something) in a strong and confident way
: to make clear
: to state emphatically : Affirm
Declare (v.): early 14th century, from Old French declarer “explain, elucidate,” or directly from Latin declarare “to make clear, reveal, disclose, announce,” from de– “down from” + clarare “clarify,” from clarus “clear.”
“I have nothing to declare except my genius.”
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900, Irish playwright, novelist, essayist, and poet; became one of London’s most popular playwrights in the early 1890s.)
“Success begins at the magical moment when you declare to yourself, your friends, and the universe that you believe you can do something different.”
Natalie Massenet (b. 1965, age 50, fashion entrepreneur and former journalist, who founded the designer fashion portal Net-a-Porter. Since 2013, she has been chair of the British Fashion Council.)
“We must declare ourselves, become known; allow the world to discover this subterranean life of ours which connects kings and farm boys, artists and clerks. Let them see that the important thing is not the object of love, but the emotion itself.”
Gore Vidal (1925-2012, American writer and intellectual, “known for his patrician manner, epigrammatic wit, and polished style of writing.”)
“You get whatever accomplishment you are willing to declare.”
Georgia O’Keefe (1887-1986, 20th century American artist and painter, best known for her flower canvases and southwestern landscapes)
“It is never smart, even in a strong democracy, to declare some debate off limits. In a weakening democracy it is catastrophic.”
Naomi Wolf (b. 1962, age 52, American author, activist, journalist, and former political advisor to Al Gore and Bill Clinton; and with her bestselling book The Beauty Myth, she became a leading spokeswoman for the “third wave of the feminist movement.”)
“What is needed is the intelligent management of Earth’s resources. If we really wish to put an end to our ongoing international and social problems, we must eventually declare Earth and all of its resources as the common heritage of all the world’s people.”
Jacque Fresco (b. 1916, age 99, American futurist and self-described social engineer)
“God has already done everything He’s going to do. The ball is now in your court. If you want success, if you want wisdom, if you want to prosperous and healthy, you’re going to have to do more than meditate and believe; you must boldly declare words of faith and victory over yourself and your family.”
Joel Olsteen (b. 1963, age 52, American preacher, televangelist, author, and the senior pastor of Lakewood Church of Houston, Texas)
“I have nothing to declare except my genius.” – Oscar Wilde
Wouldn’t that be awesome to declare all that we are confident in? As we step up to a metaphorical customs official who insists on checking our baggage, what do we declare? What is of value, and what needs to be confiscated and left behind? And what or whom do we pledge our allegiance to?
Personally, I am deeply devoted to my children, family, and soul family. I value sacred spaces in my home and in nature, my unique religion and spirituality, kindness and compassion, authenticity, beauty, health and wellbeing, service, and connection. I do my best everyday to pour great intentions and energies in those areas of my life.
Last week, while waiting for a friend to get a medical procedure, she invited me to read her book, “Secrets of the Millionaire Mind,” by T. Harv Eker, which connected the dots on personal finance and wellbeing. What fascinated me was author’s take on declarations. Eker believed affirmations became stronger as declarations, by encouraging his seminar participants and readers to place their hands on their hearts to make a declaration for change.
When I pray in the morning I place both of my hands in front of my heart before thanking the Greater Universe for all that is bestowed upon me.
Historically, our most famous American proclamation is The Declaration of Independence:
We hold these Truths to be self evident that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
This is not only a powerful declaration of freedom, but a promise, if chosen and pursued, for a life of joy.
Part of awareness is honoring our attentions, intentions, and following our passions. If we are to be truly devoted to our own success and prosperity we must take the power of words seriously and honor ourselves with kind and generous declarations in our self-talk and in our prayers.
Miraculously Yours, Tonya