Reform

Contemporary Definitions:
1 (a):  to put or change into an improved form or condition; (b):  to amend or improve by change of form or removal of faults or abuses
2:  to put an end to (an evil) by enforcing or introducing a better method or course of action
3:  to induce or cause to abandon evil ways
4 (a):  to subject (hydrocarbons) to cracking (b):  to produce (gasoline, gas, etc.) by cracking

Source: www.merriam-webster.com

Etymology

Reform (v.): c. 1300, “to covert into another and better form,” from Old French reformer rebuild, reconstruct, recreate,” from Latin reformareto form again, change, transform, alter,” from re-again” + formerto form.”

Meaning “to bring (a person) away from an evil course of life” is recorded from early 15th century; of governments, institutions, etc.  Reformed churches (1580s) usually are Calvinist as opposed to Lutheran.  Reformed Judaism (1843) is a movement initiated in German by Moses Mendelssohn (1729-1786).  Reform school is attested from 1859.

Source: : etymonline.com/

Wisdom

“To begin a reform, go not into the places of the great and rich; go rather to those whose cups of happiness are empty -- to the poor and humble.” 

Lew Wallace (1827-1905, lawyer, Union general in the American Civil War, governor of New Mexico, politician, diplomat, and author of "Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ")

Bio Source:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lew_Wallace

"To live for a principle, for the triumph of some reform by which all mankind are to be lifted up to be wedded to an idea may be, after all, the holiest and happiest of marriages."

Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902, prominent 19th century suffragist and civil rights activist, became involved in the abolitionist movement after a progressive upbringing)

Bio Source:

www.history.com/topics/womens-history/elizabeth-cady-stanton

“In fact, once he is motivated no one can change more completely than the man who has been at the bottom. I call myself the best example of that.” 

Malcolm X (1925-1965, American Muslim minister and civil rights activist)

Bio Source:

malcolmx.com/biography/

“... the transition from lost to found is never an easy one. It is never easy to be a prodigal son -- or daughter. It is never easy to say, 'I will arise and go to my father ...' (Luke 15:18, 19). This is never easy, because it is not until our situation becomes completely hopeless that we can humble ourselves to the extent of admitting that such a gross mistake was our own.” 

Robert L. Short (1932 – 2009, American Christian minister and author of several books of "popular theology", including the 1965 bestseller, "The Gospel According to Peanuts")

Bio Source:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_L._Short

"Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputations... can never effect a reform."

Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906, suffragist, abolitionist, author and speaker who was the president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association)

Bio Source:

www.biography.com

"One of the best aspects of health care reform is it starts to emphasize prevention."

Anne Wojcicki (b. 1973, entrepreneur and the co-founder and chief executive officer of the personal genomics company, 23andMe; formerly married to Google Co-Founder Sergey Brin)

Bio Source:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Wojcicki

“Every reform movement has a lunatic fringe.” 

Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919, with the assassination of President William McKinley, at the age of 43, became the 26th and youngest president of the U.S., 1901-1909, leading Congress towards a progressive reform and strong foreign policy) 

Bio Source:

www.whitehouse.gov/1600/presidents/theodoreroosevelt

Meditation

“To begin a reform, go not into the places of the great and rich; go rather to those whose cups of happiness are empty–to the poor and humble.”

Lew Wallace

While researching today’s word and some of its wisdom, I was listening to the documentary, “Becoming Warren Buffet.”  He’s so very fascinating, not only because he’s a brilliant business man, but because of who he is as a person, a family man, and a global philanthropist.

It’s a privilege to know a person’s story and how that man, woman, or child was able to envision, overcome, and create a unique life mission.

I was not only curious about Warren Buffett and how he was able to build his huge investment empire.  I became enthralled by Buffet’s authenticity and code of ethics.  He is a master, a competitor, but most importantly a very principled man.

Buffet now wants to teach young people how to follow their hearts, to play, and enjoy as they pursue their dream.   In Buffet’s sage wisdom, he generously shared his passions, as well as his challenges and heartaches.  His genius was also in being present in his tragedies, business and personal.

What moved me the most was how big Buffet’s heart is, and how noble and courageous he was to pass along wealth to his those less fortunate than him.

There’s so much we can learn from masters like Buffett.  If we can model our lives to such men and women, then we can reform our hearts and minds, exponentially.

Let’s be intentional, sojourners, to our souls’ formations, transformations, and reformations!

Miraculously Yours, Tonya

 

 

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