: free from fear: Brave
Fearless (adj.): early 15th century, from fear (n.) + -less.
Fear (n.): Sense of “state of being afraid, uneasiness caused by possible danger” developed by late 12th century. Some Old English words for “fear” as we now use it were fyrhto, fyrhto; as a verb, ondraedan. Meaning “feeling of dread and reverence for God” is from c. 1400. To put the fear of God (into someone) “intimidate, cause to cower” is by 1888, from the common religious phrase…
-less: word-forming element meaning “lacking, cannot be, does not,” from Old English –leas, from leas “free (from), devoid (of), false, feigned,” from Proto-Germanic lausaz.
“You don't have to be fast. But you'd better be fearless.”
Christopher McDougall (b. 1962, American author and journalist, trained as a foreign correspondent for the Associate Press, covered wars in Rwanda and Angola before writing his international bestseller, “Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen”)
“No one knows what you have been through or what your pretty little eyes have seen, but I can reassure you ~ whatever you have conquered, it shines through your mind.”
Nikki Rowe (Australian mother, author, artist; best known for her self help book, “Once a girl, now a woman,” written in 2013)
“To learn something new, you need to try new things and not be afraid to be wrong.”
Roy T. Bennett (author of “The Light in the Heart,” a self help book that guides people to live and successful and fulfilling life)
“The process of discovering your fearless self is of refinement, not adding. The best way to reconnect with your freedom is to look at the rules you have that govern your freedom.”
Steve Maraboli (keynote speaker, bestselling author, behavioral science academic, philanthropist, best known for writing, “Life, the Truth, and Being Free”)
“It takes a fearless, unflinching love and deep humility to accept the universe as it is. The most effective way he knew to accomplish that, the most powerful tool at his disposal, was the scientific method, which over time winnows out deception. It can't give you absolute truth because science is a permanent revolution, always subject to revision, but it can give you successive approximations of reality.”
Ann Druyan (b. 1949, Emmy-Award winning writer and Peabody Award-winning producer specializing in the communication of science; co-wrote the 1980 PBS documentary series, “Cosmos,” hosted by Carl Sagan, who she married in 1981)
“You don’t have to be fast. But you’d better be fearless.”
This is a new stage for all of us, not to run around chasing our tails so much, but instead advancing slowly and intentionally in what we to choose to co-create. It’s not so easy. Actually, it can be pretty damn hard, especially as we embark upon a new beginning in this presidential election.
Whatever the outcome, it’s necessary as a country that we fearlessly move forward and heal.
It’s been challenging to write of late. It’s not that I don’t have much to say. Actually, I have more emotion and intensity than I can bear. I’m tired and drained, and know it does no good to spew what I really feel. It will only add to the stew of negativity.
In truth, this campaign has put me in a tailspin of sorts, where I am to listen to another’s viewpoint, but in the end not able to completely understand how they got there. And that’s not good, especially since I pride myself in being open-minded and empathetic. I see that I have failed in this regard, caught in worry and concern that our nation may not have the spiritual and moral tools it needs to move forward and reconcile.
Personally, I have faith that we do have what it takes to learn from this. In my lifetime, our country has seen a lot worse. But, evolution is a slow and spiraling process. We can take our time and be fearless. We can get back on track, boots on the ground, to working as Divine Love Soldiers, and to focus on what’s important, which is The Spirit of Unity.
Rock on, sojourners! Have a long and Glorious weekend!
Much Love, Tonya