: a metal instrument by which the bolt of a lock is turned
: a means of gaining or preventing entrance, possession, or control
: an instrument or deciding factor
: something that gives an explanation or identification or provides a solution
: a map legend
: a system of tones and harmonies generated from a hierarchical scale of seven tones based on a tonic
Key (n.) “metal piece that works a lock,” from Old English cæg “key,” of unknown origin, with no certain cognates other than Old Frisian kei. Perhaps related to Middle Low German keie “lance, spear” or notion of “tool to cleave with.”
Figurative sense of “that which serves to open or explain” was in Old English; meaning “that which holds together other parts” is from 1520s. As “answer to a test,” it is from chess, short for key move, “first move in a solution to a set problem.” Musical sense of “tone, note” is 15c., but modern sense of “scale” is 1580s, probably as a translation of Latin clavis or French clef. Extended c.1500 to “mechanism on a musical instrument.” As a verb meaning “to scratch (a car’s paint job) with a key” it is recorded by 1986.
“Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.”
Winston Churchill (1874-1965, British politician and Prime Minister.)
“If a country is to be corruption free and become of a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher.”
A.P.J. Abadul Kalam (born, 1931, age 83, Indian scientist and administrator who serviced as the 11th President of India from 2002-2007.)
“The key to a happy life is to have accomplishments to be proud of and purpose to look forward to, and at the moment I had both. How wonderful it was to be me.”
Jeff Lindsay (Jeff P. Freundlich, born 1952, age 62, American playwright and crime novelist, best known for his novels, Darkly Dreaming Dexter, about the vigilante, Dexter Morgan.)
“The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.”
Epictetus (c. 55-135 C.E., Greek Stoic philosopher, who was born a slave in present day Turkey, lived in Rome until his banishment, and went to Northern Greece to live out the rest of his life. His teachings were written and published by his pupil Arrian in his Discourses and the Handbook. Stoic thought is based on logic, logic, physics, and ethics.)
“To live in the moment, to know and feel that we are loved unconditionally by the One who created and protects us, to love ourselves without conditions and to share that love with others as well as receive it, to me, it is the key to happiness.”
Angie Karan Krezos (not much known about the author of this quote)
“The willingness to be a champion for stupid ideas is the key to greater creativity, innovation, fulfillment, inspiration, motivation and success.”
What are the keys to one’s happiness and personal success?
One of the most interesting characters in the movie, Matrix Reload, is The Keymaker, a man whose sole purpose is to carve out keys and provide them to those who are need.
Held captive by a powerful tyrant The Keymaker makes thousands of keys in his jail cell, each for a specific lock and door. What’s curious is that he is more than capable of making a key to unlock is own jail cell.
But instead, he works and waits patiently for a new generation of spiritual warriors, those who are willing to fight through a gauntlet of challenges to break him free. These warriors are not only freeing The Keymaker, but saving themselves.
The Keymaker knows who he is and knows how he is to be of service. He is to provide the tools so that others can open their own doors to own personal and spiritual growth.
Who were the keymakers and liberators in your life? Who inspired you to find your bliss and who shook your soul? Are you yourself a keymaker? And if so, what tools are you providing?
May each of us procure the keys to unlock those doors that will lead us to The Light.