: to commit by a solemn act
: to give over or direct (as time, money, money, or effort) to a cause, enterprise, or activity.
Devotion (n.): early 13c., from Old French devocion “piety,” from Latin devotionem, noun of action from past participle stem of devovere “dedicate by a vow, sacrifice oneself, promise solemnly,” from de- “down, away” + vovere “to vow.”
“Why is it that when we talk to God we’re said to be praying, but when God talks to us we’re schizophrenic?”
Lily Tomlin (born 1939, age 75, American actress, comedian, writer, and producer. She’s been a major force in American comedy since the late 1960s, when she began a career as a stand-up comedian and became a performer on the television show, Rowan Martin’s Laugh-In.)
“I do not think about being beautiful. What I devote most of my time to is being healthy.”
Ann Bancroft (1931-2005, American actress born in the Bronx, NY to Italian-American parents. Her famous film role was Mrs. Robinson in “The Graduate” opposite Dustin Hoffman, 1967. Her husband is Mel Brooks.)
“The heart can think of no devotion
Greater than being shore to the ocean-
Holding the curve of one position,
Counting an endless repetition.”
Robert Frost (1874-1963, an American poet. He was 11 years old when his father died from tuberculosis, after which he moved with his mother and sister to Lawrence, Massachusetts. He became interested in reading and writing poetry during high school, and enrolled at Darmouth College and later in Harvard University. He never earned a formal college degree.)
“The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”
Mitch Albom (born 1958, age 56, American best-selling author, journalist, screenwriter, dramatist, radio and television broadcaster, and musician. His books have sold over 35 million copies, which include “The Five People You Meet in Heaven.”)
“Here is the chance for young women and young men of devotion to lift again the banner of humanity and to walk toward a civilization which will be free and intelligent; which will be healthy and unafraid, and build in the world a culture led by black folk and joined by peoples of all colors and all races - without poverty, ignorance and disease!”
W.E.B. Du Bois (1868-1963, one of the most important African-American activists during the first half of the 20th century. He co-founded the NAACP and supported Pan-Africanism. Du Bois became the first African American to earn a doctorate from Harvard.)
“I decided to devote my life to telling the story because I felt that having survived I owe something to the dead, and any who does not remember betrays them again.”
Elie Wiesel (born 1928, age 86, Jewish-American professor and political activist, and author of 57 books, including “Night,” a worked based on his experiences as a prisoner in the Auschwitz, Buna and Buchenwald concentration camps.)
“Tell your friend that in his death, a part of you dies and goes with him. Wherever he goes, you also go. He will not be alone.”
Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895-1986, Indian speaker and writer on philosophical and spiritual subjects.)
Who and what are we devoted to, in important areas of our life?
When I think of devotion I also think of this quote by Elizabeth Gilbert: “Devotion is diligence without assurance.”
Devotion is about loyalty, commitment, sacrifice, and unconditional love.
Sometimes, it resembles the love of a mother or father has for a child, or what Mother Earth has for each and every one of us, even when we unconsciously abuse her.
Who we are devoted to may be relatively easier to identify. It’s our love ones, of course.
But what we are devoted to sometimes takes a lifetime to reveal. In this regard, devotion is a loving pursuit of one’s mission and life purpose. It is what we promised to do before we incarnated into this life.
Personally, I haven’t worked it out yet, all that I am meant to be and do. But, maybe that’s the fun part of it too. Maybe, I get to discover and connect the dots as I build more experiences into my soul’s repertoire and portfolio.
Devotion is a loving act of discipline and faith.
Because I enjoy writing, art, music, and creativity, when I am fully align to these endeavors I am totally in the moment, and there’s absolutely no room for distractions.
My neighbor, Pat, was a treasurer for a Fortune 500 company. Upon her retirement, she created her own accounting firm, and hired a couple of relatives as employees. Her daughter, Raquel, was one of these, but who quickly realized she wasn’t very good in that profession.
Raquel told me that when she helped to prepare tax returns, she would fall asleep. But, when her mother got up very early in the morning to work on returns, Pat perked up and got excited when working.
I feel that way when I commune, walk, and sit in Nature. When I am able to be outside, for one reason or another, my tank fills up. And I am no longer a thirsty woman looking for water in the desert.
I hope you have had a wonderful and will have a very devotional weekend.
With Love, Tonya