Launch

: to throw forward : Hurl
: to release, catapult, or send off
: to put into operation or set in motion : Initiate, Introduce
: to spring forward
: to enter energetically

Source: www.merriam-webster.com

Etymology

Launch (v.): c. 1300, “to rush, plunge, leap, start forth; to be set into sudden motion,” from Old North French lancher (Old French lancier) “to fling, hurl, throw, cast,” from Late Latin lancearewield a lance,” from Latin lancealight spear” (lance).  “Set a (boat) afloat” first recorded in c. 1400, from the notion of throwing it out on the water; generalized by 1600 of any sort of beginning.  The noun meaning “a leap or a bound” is from the mid-15th century.  Meaning, “the liftoff of a missile, spacecraft, etc.” is from 1935.  Launch pad attested from 1960.

Source: www.etymonline.com

Wisdom

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.”

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American author, essayist, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, conscientious objector)

Bio Source:

www.biography.com/people/henry-david-thoreau-9506784

“If you believe you can, you probably can. If you believe you won’t, you most assuredly won’t. Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad.”

Denis Waitley (b. 1933, American motivational speaker, writer, consulting, author of 16 books, and founding member of the National Council for Self-Esteem)

Bio Source:

www.waitley.com

“New habits can be launched . . . on condition of there being new stimuli and new excitements.”

William James (1842-1910, American philosopher, psychologist and physician; the first educator to offer a psychology course in the U.S.)

Bio Source:

plato.stanford.edu/entries/james/

“Hearing ‘no’ a lot of times usually tells you either you’re crazy or you’re on the right track, and you don’t know which one it is until you finally launch.”

Mike Krieger (b. 1986, Brazilian entrepreneur and software engineer who co-founded Instagram with Kevin Systrom)

Bio Source:

www.theverge.com/2013/5/13/4296760/sketching-instagram-co-founder-mike-krieger-reveals-apps-humble-beginnings

“Death is only a launching into the region of the strange Untried; it is but the first salutation to the possibilities of the immense Remote, the Wild, the Watery, the Unshored…”

Herman Melville (1819-1891, American novelist, short story writer, and poet from the American Renaissance period; best known for writing the classic American novel, Moby Dick)

Bio Source:

www.biography.com/people/herman-melville-9405239

“I never had a plan. I have to say, I’m very shocked when people start a company and say, ‘In five years I want to launch a perfume, or in 10 years I want to have this.’ How can you know?"

Christian Louboutin (b. 1963, French luxury footwear and fashion designer, whose footwear incorporated shiny, red-lacquered soles that have become his signature.)

Bio Source:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_Louboutin

“Fifty-nine cents. For years, I wore a button – ’59 cents.’ Many of my colleagues wore it also. The purpose was so that people would come up and ask, ‘What does ’59 cents’ mean?’ One could then launch into a discussion about how women working full time in the U.S. earn 59 cents for every dollar earned by men.”

Karen DeCrow (1937-2014, American feminist attorney, author, and activist; also was a strong supporter of equal rights for men in custody decisions and the choice of whether or not to become a parent.)

Bio Source:

www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/06/the-now-president-who-became-a-mens-rights-activist/372742/

Meditation

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.”

— Henry David Thoreau

We ought to have multiple launch parties in 2016 after we put the year 2015 to bed.

Now that we are here in December, catapulting ourselves towards the end and a new beginning, it feels as if 2015 went by in a blink of an eye.

Personally, I thought this year lasted an eternity.  It felt like 20 linear years in one.  As quantum as it has been it was miraculous  to remain present and to bravely surf every possible wave of change.

2015 was apocalyptic and revelatory, exposing the essential parts of ourselves, our world, and those tough issues that needed to be addressed.

This year was also intense, dense and full of content.  We had volumes of new information and guidebooks on how to navigate the pathways towards our evolution.

Ready-or-not, some of our umbilical chords were cut, and we were slapped awake and pulled from the womb, forced to birth our new selves into higher stage of being.

In 2015, we may have felt a little timid in exploring the depths of our new reality.  But next year we must celebrate every new aspect we uncover, even our world’s shadowy character flaws and complex attributes.

The party is ramping up in our quadrant of the universe, and the new Earth is where it’s all happening right now.  So, let us be bold, courageous, defiant, and determined in honoring life with fearless acts of kindness, faith, mercy, compassion and love.

Godspeed, always, fellow travelers.

Miraculously Yours, Tonya

 

 

 

 

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