: to cause to succeed or thrive
Prosper (v.): mid-14th century, from Old French prosperer and directly from Latin prosperare “to cause to succeed, render happy,” from prosperus “favorable, fortunate,” perhaps literally “agreeable to one’s wishes,” traditionally regarded as from Old Latin pro spere “according to expectation, according to one’s hope,” from pro “for” + ablative of spes “hope,” from Proto-Indo-European root, spe– “to flourish, succeed, thrive.” (Related to Speed)
“When we know that His plans are to prosper us and give us hope and future, we bow down at once to the blessing of pruning, knowing that the change that will take place in us, will take us places.”
Joshua Stannard (graphic designer, creative thinker, and “contagious hope provider;” also the co-author of the book, How Good Can it Get)
“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome."
Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672, first woman to be recognized as an accomplished New World Poet and considered one of the most early American poets; her volume of poetry, The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America … received favorable attention and was published in London in 1650.)
“Before the fruits of prosperity can come, the storms of life need to first bring the required rains of testing, which mixes with the seeds of wisdom to produce a mature harvest.”
Lincoln Patz (writer, who is not yet published)
“Learning is an ornament in prosperity, a refuge in adversity, and a provision in old age.”
Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC, Greek philosopher, prolific writer, polymath, and student of Plato who in turned study under Socrates. Aristotle was famous for rejecting Plato’s theory of forms. He was the first to classify areas of human knowledge into distinct disciplines such as mathematics, biology, and ethics.)
“When you are able to shift your inner awareness to how you can serve others, and when you make this the central focus of your life, you will then be in a position to know true miracles in your progress toward prosperity.”
Wayne W. Dyer (1940-2015, renowned author and speaker in the field of self-development, wrote more than 40 books, 21 of which were New York Times bestsellers.)
“When a man becomes a Christian, he becomes industrious, trustworthy and prosperous. Now, if that man when he gets all he can and saves all he can, does not give all he can, I have more hope for Judas Iscariot than for that man!”
John Wesley (1703-1791, Anglican minister and theologian; he, his brother Charles and fellow George Whitefield, were credited with the foundation of the evangelical movement known as Methodism.)
“To seek ‘causes’ of poverty in this way is to enter an intellectual dead end because poverty has no causes. Only prosperity has causes.”
Jane Jacobs (1916-2006, American-Canadian journalist, author, activist, and urban theorist; wrote about preserving urban neighborhoods, in such works like The Death and Life of Great American Cities and Dark Age Ahead)
“After forty years of working on prevention of a wide range of common and costly psychological and behavioral problems, I am convinced we have the knowledge to achieve a healthier, happier, and more prosperous society than has ever been seen in human history.”
Anthony Biglan (senior scientist at Oregon Research Institute and the co-director of the Promise Neighborhood Research Consortium; has conducted research on the development and prevention of child and adolescent problem behavior for the past 30 years.)
“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”
— Anne Bradstreet
As much as we hate challenges, the lessons and wisdom that grows from such adversity is worth its weight in gold. It’s priceless in fact, because trials are like weights that strengthen us and force us to exercise joy and our capabilities to drill deep down into the unknown wells of our souls, where enlightenment and creativity dwell freely.
Tough times test our resolve and commitment in what we believe or think we know. Can we walk in faith towards successful future outcomes? Are we valuable and worthy of a bright future? Do we trust in our higher visions, or do we allow fear to sabotage our dreams?
By design, our pendulums can swing from palpable emotions to visceral feelings, allowing purification and then heightened desires for prosperous and healthy lives.
A prosperous life is to slow dance sandwiched in between two lovers, one of hope and the other of faith. We could not thrive without either one. It’s the consistent leaning in towards the expectancy of a great outcome that trumps hardship and manifests victory.
Oh, yeah. We will have some doubts along the way of what we can create. We would not be human without these disruptive thought patterns. That’s all a part of the odyssey, to know what’s important and what’s not, and to discern the restrictive movements versus the transformative flow through time and space.
Stay well and prosperous, my friends, always!
Much Love, Tonya