1 : of the same measure, quantity, amount, or number as another: Equivalent
2: regarding or affecting all objects in the same way: Impartial
3: free from extremes; tranquil in mind or mood
4 : capable of meeting the requirements of a situation or a task; Suitable
Equal (adj.): late 14th century, “identical in amount, extent, or portion;” early 15th century, “even or smooth of surface,” from aequalis “uniform, identical, equal,” from aequus “level, even, flat; as tall as, on a level with; friendly, kind, just, fair, equitable, impartial; proportionate; calm, tranquil,” which is unknown origin. Parallel formation egal (from Old French egal) was in use late 14th century – 17th century. Equal rights is from 1752; by 1854 in American English in reference to men and women. Equal opportunity in terms of hiring, etc. is recorded in 1925.
“There is no charm equal to tenderness of the heart.”
Jane Austen (1775-1817, English writer and Georgian era author, best known for her social commentary in novels, “Sense and Sensibility,” “Pride and Prejudice,” and “Emma”)
“There is no austerity equal to a balanced mind, and there is no happiness equal to contentment; there is not disease like covetousness, and no virtue like mercy.”
Chanakya (371 BC -283 BC, Indian teacher, philosopher, economist, jurist and royal advisor; traditionally identified as Kautilya or Vishnugupt, who authored the ancient Indian political treatise, the “Arthashastra”)
“The earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it.”
Chief Joseph (1840-1904, Hin-mah-too-yah-lat-kekt or Thunder Rolling Down the Mountain, a great chief of Nez Percé tribe, widely referred to in the American press as ‘the Red Napoleon.”)
“To every action there is always opposed an equal reaction.”
Isaac Newton (1643-1727, English physicist and mathematician, “the culminating figure of the scientific revolution of the 17th century”)
“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.”
Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, motivation author, spent much of his life researching wealthy people and working out what characteristics made them so successful; best known for “Think and Grow Rich”)
“The day may be approaching when the whole world will recognize woman as the equal of man.”
Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906, publisher, civil rights activist, editor, women’s rights activist, journalist, abolitionist)
“Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.”
Timothy Leary (1920-1996, psychologist and author who was a leading advocate for the use of LSD and other psychoactive drugs)
“We all fight over what the label ‘feminism’ means but for me it’s about empowerment. It’s not about being more powerful than men – it’s about having equal rights with protection, support, justice. It’s about very basic things. It’s not a badge like a fashion item.”
Annie Lennox (Scottish singer, songwriter, political activist, and philanthropist)
“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.”
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, spokesman for democracy, American Founding Father, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, and the third President of the U.S., 1801-1809)
“It turns out that advancing equal opportunity and economic empowerment is both morally right and good economics, because discrimination, poverty and ignorance restrict growth, while investments in education, infrastructure and scientific and technological research increase it, creating more good jobs and new wealth for all of us.”
William J. Clinton (b. American politician from Arkansas, who served as the 42nd President of the U.S, 1993-2001, taking office at the end of the Cold War, and being the first baby-boomer generation President)
Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.”
We have all had our disappointments. But, if we have gotten to the other side of these setbacks there were huge gifts where we were given the strength to exercise our capabilities in faith and resilience.
Like all of you, I have had my share of personal heartaches, but the biggest ones came when I was at cross-roads, at life-changing events, where I am forced to ascend to the next level of consciousness.
Whether it was the traumatic circumstances of my birth and childhood; my divorce; moving from one part of the country to start life in another; being let go from a job; or building a new vision for my own company; it was challenging to face the uncertainty. I could not see beyond the proximity of my now and into the outcome of my future. Instead, I had to build a solid foundation of faith and hope that all will be well in the end. Miraculously, it always was, is, and always will be. The Universal Laws and Its equal measure of justice will always allow it to be and to support our visions.
Continue to be well, sojourners!
Much Love, Tonya