: ability to act
: a sovereign state
: mental or moral efficacy
: a source or means of supplying energy
Power (n.): c. 1300, “ability, ability to act or do; strength, vigor, might,” especially in battle; “efficacy; control, mastery, lordship, dominion; legal power or authority; authorization; military force, an army,” from Anglo-French pouair, Old French povoir, “to be able,” from Latin potis “powerful” (related to potent).
“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.”
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, 16th U.S. President, serving from 1861 until his assassination in 1865)
“The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace.”
Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, lawyer and preeminent leader of the Indian independence movement in British-ruled India)
“There is a special place in hell for women who don't help other women."
Madeleine Albright (b. 1937, age 78, first woman to have become the United States Secretary of State, an politician and diplomat)
“I do not wish them [women] to have power over men; but over themselves.”
Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797, English writer, philosopher, and advocate of women’s rights)
“Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't.”
Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013, Prime Minster of the United Kingdom from 1979-1990 and the leader of the UK’s Conservative Party from 1975-1990)
“This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well. Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly. Take the power to walk in the forest and be a part of nature. Take the power to control your own life. No one else can do it for you. Take the power to make your life happy.”
Susan Polis Schutz (b. 1944, age 71, American poet and co-founder, along with husband Steve Schultz, of greeting card and book publisher Blue Mountain Arts; their son is U.S. Congressman Jared Polis of Colorado)
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
Leo Buscaglia (1924-1998, also known as “Dr. Love,” was an American author and motivational speaker, and a professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Southern California)
“A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry; but money answereth all things.” (Ecclesiastes 10:19)
Money is force, a physical source of power. Where we put our money is where we invest our power, passion and energy.
Money is not only the bottom line in a checking account, but a ticket that provides access, for example good health insurance.
For the past 7 months I had to gone to doctor for some important medical issues. There was some improvement, but I still wasn’t getting to the place I was fully recovered. So, I called the doctor back, and he insisted on starting me from the beginning. All protocol for politeness went out the window and I became very irate.
After venting and consulting with a couple of my friends to make sure I wasn’t off my rocker, I decided to get another opinion.
When I went to the second doctor it was like day and night.
I didn’t even get upset. I only felt relief that I finally getting it and am empowering myself to vote by walking away from all abusive relationships. I am no longer, as Don Miguel Ruiz so wisely wrote, using anyone to abuse me. I am taking my power back fully, by establishing healthy boundaries, dreaming big, and in creating a peaceful and abundant life!
Let us all, bravehearts, continue to find the power within!
Courageously Yours, Tonya