: to make easier : to help bring about
: to help (something) run more smoothly and effectively
Facilitate (v.): 1610s, “make easy, render less difficult,” from French faciliter “to render easy,” from Latin facilis “easy” (facile).
Facile (adj.): late 15th century, “easy to do,” from Middle French facile “easy,” from Latin facilis “easy to do” and, of persons, “pliant, courteous, yielding,” from facere “to do.”
“Until you can be happy, you can’t facilitate happiness for anybody else.”
Wendy Raquel Robinson (b. 1967, age 48, American actress, best known for her roles H.S. principle on the WB comedy sitcom The Steve Harvey Show, and as the sports agent on the BET comedy series The Game)
“Every human being must find his own way to cope with severe loss, and the only job of a true friend is to facilitate whatever method he chooses.”
Caleb Carr (b. 1955, age 60, American novelist and military historian)
“It’s not even my job to educate, but what I do is try to facilitate by creating a book that works on different levels. I do want to entertain and bring some joy to the reading experience. If it holds a little kernel of knowledge that readers choose to explore, well, that’s great.”
Graeme Base (b. 1958, age 57, author and artist of picture books, best known for Animalia and The Eleventh Hour)
“Food redistribution is economically sensible, ecologically pressing, and socially responsible; it is high time food corporations wake up to it and governments start funding the organizations that facilitate it.”
Tristram Stuart (b. 1977, English author and food waste campaigner, awarded the international environmental award, The Sophie Prize)
“Once shoppers become empowered, we will facilitate industries thinking in completely new terms; for example, making products that are totally biodegradable.”
Daniel Goleman (b. 1946, age 69, author, psychologist and science journalist, who wrote for The New York Times)
“It is poor civic hygiene to install technologies that could someday facilitate a police state.”
Bruce Schneier (b. 1963, age 52, American cryptographer, computer security and privacy specialist, and writer, and author of several books on general security topics)
“Migration – whether emigration or return – at the micro level is an individual choice, and government both at the Centre and the states have role only to facilitate the decision of the individuals.”
Vayalar Ravi (b. 1937, age 78, prominent Indian politician)
“Cancer cells come pre-programmed to execute a well-defined cascade of changes, seemingly designed to facilitate their enhanced survival and their dissemination through the bloodstream. There is even an air of conspiracy in the way that tumors use chemical signals to create cancer-friendly niches in remote organs.”
Paul Davies (b. 1946, age 69, English physicist, writer, and broadcaster, a professor at Arizona State University as well as the Director of BEYOND: Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science)
What contributions can we gift to the world? What change and healing can we facilitate?
Back in the 60s, I was educated in a bright cleaned elementary public school in Downtown Brooklyn. During that time, I went to school with children of many diverse backgrounds, African-Americans, Puerto Ricans, Jews, Chinese, and Japanese. For a brief period of time, it was an experiment in living harmoniously.
It was quite extraordinary also that classrooms were small, and teaching was a noble profession that attracted the brightest to the field.
In fourth and fifth grades I was engaged, alert, and a responsible student who loved learning and expressing myself.
In my classes there were two other students, Raquel and another girl, whose name I cannot recall. Our younger sisters just in the grade below ours were always getting into trouble. Every day their teacher would come to our classroom and hand us disciplinary letters to give to our parents.
I thought it was a little amusing that my sister, Evelyn, and her two cohorts were having fun pushing boundaries and breaking the rules. It was the 1960s after all. And, even at the age, I didn’t get much pleasure from the pat on the head for being and obedient “good girl.”
Raquel, on the other hand, seemed to be mortified by her sister’s behavior. She was a very pretty, thin, and shy girl, who wore glasses and had two long braids. Raquel didn’t talk and mostly sat by herself in the middle of the classroom.
One day, our teacher changed my seat and sat me next to Raquel. I was so happy for that opportunity in getting to know her. Being a talker, I wanted to know more about her and proceeded to ask her lots of questions once the teacher turned her back.
Raquel didn’t open up at first. But, like myself, she loved to draw. She was really good at it too, and I told her so. I asked her if she would co-author a children’s book with me. She consented to draw the illustrations and then I would write the story.
At first, we thought the teacher would get upset to know what we were doing. But, she didn’t and left us alone, which to this day I find terribly remarkable.
When the book was finished, we titled, stapled it together, and I handed over to her and said it was largely her masterpiece. She smiled and suggested we work on another project.
Raquel eventually came out of her shell and other students began to talk and befriend her. I went on to do other things, but I will never forget her. She taught me and is still teaching me about who I am and what I love.
I care about the well being of others, and that people are procuring the tools that brings them joy.
Can you recall any childhood memories where you facilitated change? If you can, I’m sure they may offer some vital clues to your life purpose.
Miraculously Yours, Tonya