Line

: a long narrow mark on a surface
: a mark on the ground that shows the edge of the playing area in a sport
: an area or border that separates two places

 

Source: www.merriam-webster.com

Etymology

Line (n.): a Middle English merger of Old English linecable, rope; series, row, row of letters; rule, direction,” and Old French ligneguideline, cord, string; lineage, descent;” both from Latin linealinen thread, string,” from phrase linea restislinen cord,” from lineus (adj.) “of linen,” from linum (related to linen).

Oldest sense is “rope, cord, string;” extended late 14th century to “a thread-like mark,” also “track, course, direction.” Sense of “things or people arranged in a straight line” is from 1550s. That of “cord bearing hooks used in fishing” is from c. 1300. Meaning “one’s occupation, branch of business” is from 1630s, probably from misunderstood King James Version translation of the Bible, 2 Corinthians 10:16, “…, and not to boast in another man’s line of things made ready to our hand,” where line translates Greek kanon, literally “measuring rod.” Meaning “class of goods in stock” is from 1834. Meaning “telegraph wire” is from 1847.

 

Source: www.etymonline.com

Wisdom

“I had crossed the line. I was free; but there was no one to welcome me to the land of freedom. I was a stranger in a strange land.”

Harriet Tubman (1820-1913, leading abolitionist and conductor of the Underground Railroad, who routinely put herself in danger to guide thousands of slaves of freedom)

Bio Source:

www.biography.com/people/harriet-tubman-9511430

“Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides.”

Lao Tzu (died in 531 BC, philosophical Daoism traces its origins to Lao Tzu, also known as Laozi, an extraordinary thinker who flourished during sixth century China; Daoism is one of the three main pillars of Chinese thought along with Confucianism and Buddhism.)

Bio Source:

plato.stanford.edu/entries/laozi/

“The straight line belongs to men, the curved one to God.”

Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926, Barcelona-based Spanish architect whose free-flowing works were greatly influenced by nature)

Bio Source:

www.biography.com/people/antoni-gaud%C3%AD-40695

“It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.”

Nelson Mandela (1918-2013, the first black president of South Africa, 1994-1999; his negotiations with South African President, F.W. de Klerk helped end the country’s apartheid system of racial segregation and ushered in a peace transition of majority rule; Mandela and de Klerk ere jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1993.)

Bio Source:

www.britannica.com/biography/Nelson-Mandela

“For me beauty is valued more than anything – the beauty that is manifest in a curved line or an act of creativity.”

Oscar Niemeyer (1907-2012, Brazilian architect, an early exponent of modern architecture in Latin America, noted for his work on Brasilia, the new capital of Brazil)

Bio Source:

www.britannica.com/biography/Oscar-Niemeyer

“I’m the end of the line; absurd and appalling as it may seem, serious New York theater has died in my lifetime.”

Arthur Miller (1915-2005, prolific playwright, essayist, and prominent figure in twentieth-century American theater; best known for the plays, “All My Sons,” “Death of a Salesman,” “The Crucible,” and “A Streetcar Named Desire.”)

Bio Source:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Miller

“Age should not have its face lifted, but it should rather teach the world to admire wrinkles as the etchings of experience and firm line of character.”

Clarence Day (1874-1935, American author and cartoonist, best known for his autobiographical work, “Life with Father.”)

Bio Source:

www.britannica.com/biography/Clarence-Day

Meditation

“I had crossed the line. I was free; but there was no one to welcome me to the land of freedom. I was a stranger in a strange land.”

— Harriet Tubman

“The straight line belongs to men, the curved one to God.”

— Antoni Gaudi

The Universe can throw us these interesting curve balls, where we must step out of line in order to hit or punt, which will inevitably take us out of our comfort zones.

Traveling is an example of this, much like life.  Sometimes, we have planned itineraries of what great sites we desire to see.  But, then all of sudden circumstances can catapult us into different directions, over challenging terrains, meeting unexpected surprises and exhilarating synchronicities.

This may be why pilgrimages and visions quests are profound platforms to deep spiritual discoveries.

These journeys force us to not only contemplate our insignificance, but also to push us into communion with other fellow travelers we meet coincidentally on those roads.  During these encounters we are no longer wallowing in our loneliness, but tapping into the rich treasures of unity.

Through life’s labyrinths we realize we are not so special in our suffering, but unique in our souls’ inheritance to create.  We have then crossed over our soul lines, back home to freedom and to Love.

Stay opened and protected, my friends.  But please be not tempted to armor up.  Vow to let your love shine through.

Miraculously and Lovingly Yours, Tonya

 

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