: showing or needing little energy or work done by the mind or body : appearing very easy
Effortless (adj.): 1752, “passive, making no effort.” Meaning “easy, requiring no effort” is from 1810.
Effort (n.): late 15th century, “laborious attempt, strenuous exertion,” from Middle French, effort, from Old French esforz “force, impetuosity, strength, power,” verbal noun from esforcier “force out, exert oneself,” from Vulgar Latin exfortiare “to show strength” (source of Italian sforza), from Latin ex– “out” + Latin fortis “strong.”
-less: word-forming element meaning “lacking, cannot be, does not,” from Old English –leas “free (from), devoid (of), false, feigned.”
“Our ability to perceive the world around us seems so effortless that we tend to take it for granted.”
Vilayanur S. Ramachandran (b. 1951, neuroscientist known primarily for his work in the fields of behavioral neurology and visual psychophysics; currently a professor in at the University of California)
“I think all girls in the world wish they were a Parisian girl – that sort of effortless chic confidence and comfort in their own skin.”
Natalie Portman (b. 1981, actress, producer and director with dual American and Israeli citizenship)
“Ultimately, musicians of the world must come realize the potential of their calling.
Like the shamans, we may serve as healers, metaphysicians, inciters, exciters,
spiritual guides and sources of inspiration.
If the musician is illuminated from within,
he becomes a lamp that lights other lamps.
Then he is serving planet and its people,
healing what ails us. Such music is truly important.
It is said that ‘only one who obeys can truly command.’
When the artist is immersed in a services,
giving himself up over and over again, another paradox occurs:
He is being seen by all others as a master.”
Kenny Werner (b. 1951, American jazz pianist, composer, author, lecturer)
“No doubt, the White House thinks the American people know Obama’s story. But since the Inauguration, we’ve seen only the president’s present: his perfect family, his Ivy League elegance, his effortless mastery of complex issues. We never seen him sweat. And we forget he ever had to struggle.”
Dee Dee Myers (b. 1961, political analyst and former White House Press Secretary during the first two years of the Clinton administration, from 1993 to 1994; the first woman and the second youngest person to hold that position.)
Because this year has been so challenging, we now have a strong desire for an effortless and entirely peaceful year-end.
I remain hopeful and optimistic about next year, that it will be another great jazz session for self-mastery, mainly because we did our work this year.
You may feel exhausted by this point, but hold on and stay strong. We are almost there and we are wealthier in spirit and wisdom because of all the rich experiences, the teachers, and profound lessons. We earned a deserved master’s degree in fortitude and strength.
We will look back upon this time in our lives with a smile, because we will see that it served as an essential turning point in our evolution. We became clearer not only about who we are, but also about the components of our character, our essence and what we are made of.
We may ask ourselves did we incite love, ground light into our world, or did we add more fuel to our fear fires?
We have a lot contemplate as we let go of our past and embrace our brighter futures.
Be well, my friends.
Written With Love, Tonya