Enchant

1: to influence by or as if by charms and incantation: bewitch
2: to attract and move deeply: rouse to ecstatic admiration

Source: www.merriam-webster.com

Etymology

Enchant (v.): late 14th century, literal and figurative, from Old French enchanterbewitch, charm, cast a spell” (12th century), from Latin incantareto enchant, fix a spell upon,” from in-upon, into” + cantareto sing” (related to: chant).

Source: www.etymonline.com

Wisdom

“When you enchant people, your goal is not to make money from them or to get them to do what you want, but to fill them with great delight.”

Guy Kawasaki (b. 1954, author of more than thirteen textbooks; speaker; entrepreneur; and one of the original Apple employees original responsible for marketing Macintosh computer line in 1984; and currently the “chief evangelist” of Canva, an online graphics-design company based in Australia)

Bio Source:

guykawasaki.com

“We wait, starving for moments of high magic to inspire us, but life is full of common enchantment waiting for our alchemists eyes to notice.”

Jacob Nordby (b. in 1973 to hippie parents; entrepreneur who co-founded a mortgage, real estate investment firm, and technology business, Velma.com, and later co-founded a charity community fitness effort called “Fat for Food” to benefit the Idaho Food Bank; best known for writing “The Divine Arsonist: A Tale of Awakening”)

Bio Source:

jacobnordby.com/about-jacob/

“What could be more beautiful than a dear old lady growing wise with age? Every age can be enchanting, provided you live within it.”

Brigitte Bardot (b. 1934, French actress, singer, and anima rights activist)

Bio Source:

www.imdb.com/name/nm0000003/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm

“In college, I used to underline sentences that struck me, that made me look up from the page. They were no necessarily the same sentences the professors pointed out, which would turn up for further explication on an exam. I noted them for their clarity, their rhythm, their beauty and their enchantment.”

Jhumpa Lahiri (b. Nilanjana Sudeshna “Jhumpa” Lahiri in 1967, Pulitzer Prize winning Indian American author and recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship; best known for her debut short story collection, “Interpreter of Maladies” and her first novel, “The Namesake”)

Bio Source:

www.randomhouse.com/kvpa/jhumpalahiri/bio.php

“Without a doubt the sense of beauty does not lie determined in the concreteness of an individual beautiful thing or person. Rather its purpose is much more the enchantment of the soul, for there is nothing physical that is not made with the intent of affecting the soul, and there is no soul that does not intend to dazzle everything physical with its sensations.”

Alexander Lernet-Holenia (1897-1976, prolific German writer and popular dramatist, poet, and novelist, many of whose work exhibited pre-World War I Austrian aristocracy)

Bio Source:

www.britannica.com/biography/Alexander-Lernet-Holenia

“Freshness is important. If a game is fresh, new, intriguing, challenging, and enchanting, it will sell, and sell well.”

Roberta Williams (b. 1953, video game designer, writer, and co-founder of Sierra On-Line, also known as the “Queen of the Graphic Adventure”)

Bio Source:

www.sierragamers.com/Roberta-Williams

“I shall be your poet! I do not want to be a poet for others; make your appearance, and I shall be your poet. I shall eat my own poem, and that will be my food. Or do you find me unworthy? Just as a temple dancer dances to the honor of the god Gudutl, so I have consecrated myself to your service; light, thinly clad, limber, unarmed, I renounce everything. I own nothing; I desire to own nothing; I love nothing; I have nothing to lose-but have I not thereby become more worthy of you, you who long ago must have been tired of depriving people of what they love, tired of their craven sniveling and craven pleading. Surprise me-I am ready.”

Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855, profound and prolific writer in the Danish “golden age, who work crossed the boundaries of philosophy, theology, psychology, literary criticism, devotional literature and fiction; known as the “father of existentialism”)

Bio Source:

plato.stanford.edu/entries/kierkegaard/

“It is quite cruel that a poet cannot wander through his regions of enchantment without having a critic, forever, like the old man of the sea, upon his back.”

Marianne Moore (1887-1972, Modernist poet, editor, critic and translator; “One of American literature’s foremost poets, Marianne Moore’s poetry is characterized by linguistic precision, keen and probing descriptions, and acute observations of people places, animals, and art.”)

Bio Source:

www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/marianne-moore

Meditation

“What could be more beautiful than a dear old lady growing wise with age? Every age can be enchanting, provided you live within it.”

Brigitte Bardot

 

Life IS enchanting and beautiful all around, up and down and in and out, but especially through the miraculous cycles of the body, which is capable of vast healing, adaptability and change.

As a teenager, I was awe-struck as my face transformed from one stage to the next, from a little girl’s face into many makings of a woman.  I was fascinated with my body too, but because I was always chunky particularly as a child, I had to suffer through a lot of body shaming, especially back in the 60s and 70s where our societies had a warped sense of beauty and “perfection.”

It’s horrible what we did and continue to do to each other via our prejudices to control what we should be.  They had this saying back then that “a child made to be molded.”  Thank Goodness, we have come a long way to accepting our differences in body shapes, formations, colors, and abilities.

One of Life’s miracles is the gift of our bodies, as biological ships responsible for carrying us through our journeys.

When my son  was born Nick would marvel at his hands, mesmerized and seemingly in disbelief that he was given a new body.  My daughter, Maya, was different, however.  She was extremely placid baby who looked at world from an old sage point of view, not at all surprised that she was born.  It was if she lived thousands of lifetimes before.

Savoring every moment allows for Grace, discovery and enchantment to flow through our very beings.  It is when we are able to access the magical realms and dimensions of our world.

Stay alert, sojourners!  Do not sleep walk or autopilot and miss out on any of what Life is offering.

Much Love, Tonya

 

 

 

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