Extend

: to cause (something, such as your arm or leg) to straighten out or to stretch out
: to become longer or to be able to become longer
: to continue in a specified direction or over a specified distance, space, or time

Source: www.merriam-webster.com

Etymology

Extend (v.): early 14th century, “to value, assess,” from Anglo-French estendre, Old French estendrestretch out, increase,” from Latin extenderestretch out, spread out; increase, enlarge, prolong, continue,” from ex-out” + tendereto stretch” (related to tenet).

Original sense in English is obsolete. From late 14th century as “lengthen or extend in time,” also “straighten” (an arm, wing. etc.). Meaning “make longer and/or broader in space” is from early 15th century, as is intransitive sense of “cover an area, have a certain extent in space;” sense of “expand, grow distended” is from 1753.

Source: www.etymonline.com

Wisdom

“Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do with no thought or any reward. Your life will never be the same again.”

Og Mandino (1923-1996, author; best known for writing “The Greatest Salesman in the World”)

Bio Source:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Og_Mandino

“Time is the most valuable thing on earth: time to think, time to act, time to extend our fraternal relations, time to become better men, time to become better women, time to become better and more independent citizens.”

Samuel Gompers (1850-1924, English-born American labor leader and the first president of the American Federation of Labor, AFL)

Bio Source:

www.britannica.com/biography/Samuel-Gompers

“To be poor does not mean you lack the means to extend charity to another. You may lack money or food, but you have the gift of friendship to overwhelm the loneliness that grips the lives of so many.”

Stanley Hauerwas (b. 1940, United Methodist theologian and ethicist, who is currently a professor of theological ethics at Duke Divinity School in Durham, NC)

Bio Source:

www.theopedia.com/stanley-hauerwas

“If everyone is to be made responsible for everything they do, you must extend responsibility beyond the level of conscious intention.”

William S. Burroughs (1914-1997, American novelist, short story writer, satirist, essayist, painter, and spoken word performer)

Bio Source:

www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=William+S.+burroughs

“Let me think about the people who I care about the most, and how when they fail or disappoint me… I still love them, I still give them chances, and I still see the best in them. Let me extend that generosity to myself.”

Ze Frank (b. 1972, American online performance artist, composer, humorist, and public speaker based in Los Angeles; and president of BuzzFeed Motion Pictures.)

Bio Source:

www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=ze+frank

Meditation

“Let me think about the people who I care about the most, and how when they fail or disappoint me… I still love them, I still give them chances, and I still see the best in them. Let me extend that generosity to myself.”

— Ze Frank

When it comes to our beloveds, we will take up our shields and our swords and fight for them.  This instinct is engrained in us.  We may sometimes fuss and fight with those we love, but let someone else mess with them, and it’s on!

We do have to care about ourselves that fervently too, especially when we are undergoing crises of faith or ego deaths.  These occurrences don’t come up often, but when we do, we must treat ourselves with extreme tenderness, entrusting ourselves in the arms of angels, those dwelling on this Earth plane and/or on the Other Side.  We must reach out or scream for the help we need, and Love will be there in an instant, in the most creative forms.

Life produces such fascinating journeys, those filled with these unexpected twists and turns and passageways to doors of self- discovery and self-examination.  But, in order to find our way we must extend to ourselves deep compassion and understanding of how young and inexperience in creative love we truly are.

Be well, my dear friends.

Miraculously Yours, Tonya

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