Favor

: a kind or helpful act that you do for someone
: approval, support, or popularity
: preference for one person, group, etc., over another

Source: www.merriam-webster.com

Etymology

Favor (n.): c. 1300, “attractiveness, beauty, charm” (archaic), from Old French favorapproval, praise; applause; partiality,” from Latin favoremgood will, inclination, partiality, support,” coined by Cicero from stem of favereto show kindess to,” from Proto-Indo-European ghow-e– “to honor, revere, worship” (cognate: Old Norse gato heed”)

Meaning “good will, kind regard” is from mid-14th century in English; sense of “act of kindness, a kindness done” is from the late 14th century. Meaning “bias, partiality” is from the late 14th century. Meaning “thing given as a mark of favor” is from the late 15th century. Phrase in favor of recorded from 1560s.

Source: www.etymonline.com

Wisdom

“When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.”

Elon Musk (b. 1971, South African-born Canadian-American serial entrepreneur, engineer, inventor, and investor; CEO and CTO of Space X, CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors, chairman of Solar City, and co-chairman of OpenAI.)

Bio Source:

www.ted.com/speakers/elon_musk

“Seek not the favor of the multitude; it is seldom got by honest and lawful means. But seek the testimony of few; and number not voices, but weigh them.”

Immanuel Kant (1724-1804, German philosopher, one of the thought leaders of the Enlightenment, one of the greatest philosophers of all time, and whose comprehensive and systematic work in epistemology (the theory of knowledge), ethics, and aesthetics greatly influenced modern philosophy.)

Bio Source:

www.britannica.com/biography/Immanuel-Kant

“How do you know whether you're serious about your values? You fight for them when they're violated even if it costs you title, favor, friendship, and profit.”

Assegid Habtewold (leadership speaker, trainer, coach, consultant, and author)

Bio Source:

www.linkedin.com/in/assegidhabtewold

“I do hope to die with a quiet heart. I know that may not be realistic.”

Marilynne Robinson (b. 1943, American novelist and essayist, receiving the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2005 and the 2012 National Humanities Medal)

Bio Source:

www.nytimes.com/2014/10/05/magazine/the-revelations-of-marilynne-robinson.html?_r=0

“Your thought should be creative and not destructive; it should be full of hope and faith for a more excellent future.”

Agu Jaachynma N.E. (Nigerian author and writer)

Bio Source:

www.goodreads.com/author/show/5040334.Jaachynma_N_E_Agu

“If we need the protection of men, let us first ask it from God. If we prevail with Him, the power of the most mighty and of the most wicked must minister to our relief.”

Alexander Carson (1776-1844, author, pastor-teacher, and theologian)

Bio Source:

banneroftruth.org/us/about/banner-authors/alexander-carson/

“They may throw sticks, stones, or bricks, but nothing they do will hurt you. You are protected by God. He is forever got you covered and the enemy is defeated. Their hatred towards you is a reflection of the evilness on their inside which is slowly destroying them. A person like that must deal with the matters of their heart.”

Amaka Imani Nkosanzana (author, writer, poet…)

Bio Source:

www.goodreads.com/author/show/8151190.Amaka_Imani_Nkosazana

Meditation

“Seek not the favor of the multitude; it is seldom got by honest and lawful means.  But seek the testimony of few; and number not voices, but weigh them.”

— Immanuel Kant

We all are favored, worthy of love, and created with great capacities to build meaningful lives.  Why else would we have the privilege to live on such a magnificent planet and have these extraordinary adventures?

Maybe part of the learning process is to sometimes get caught up in a whirlwind of petty competition and destructive favoritism; and to get seduced into seeing ourselves through the lenses of other people’s perception of who we should be, carbon copies of dysfunction and projected ideas.

The manipulative designs of favoritism divides all of us, and separates us from the deepest parts of ourselves and from each other by boxing us into our separate corners and watering us down to two-dimensional cut-out figures in our make-believe worlds.

But, if we could push through our own foolishness, synthesize life’s lessons and accept our true nature and multi-dimensionality, we can demolish the demoralizing divisive nature of favoritism, begin to let go of our internal and global conflicts, and then treat each other as equal valuable partners and collaborators in the reconstruction of a better world.

Let’s continue to do our part to move the needle a little more each day.

As always and from the Heart,

Tonya

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