Slant

: to not be level or straight up and down
: to present (something, such as a news story) in a way that favors a particular group, opinion, etc.

Source: http://www.merriam-webster.com/

Etymology

Slant (v.): 1644 from Middle English slenten to fall obliquely,” of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian dialect slenta to slope,” Old Norse sletta “to throw carelessly.”

Source: http://www.etymonline.com/

Wisdom

“Solitude stands by the window
She turns her head as I walk into the room
I can see by her eyes’ she’s been waiting
Standing in the slant of the later afternoon”

Suzanne Vega (born 1959, age 55, American songwriter and singer known for her eclectic folk-inspired music.)

Bio Source:

http://www.suzannevega.com/

“Stay away – this is not a stable, well-adjusted person! When there’s no consistency whatsoever and the slant of the strokes veers severely in all directions, probably so does their mind…”

Andrea McNichol (A high-profile handwriting expert who has examined documents from O.J. Simpson and Ted Bundy murder trials.)

Bio Source:

http://www.brainprints.com/about.html

“There’s a certain slant of light,
Winter afternoons that oppresses,
Like the heft of cathedral tunes.”

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886, American poet. She attended Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in South Hadley, Massachusetts for one year, but seldom left her home and visitors were few. When she did have visitors they had an enormous impact on her poetry. One such person was Reverend Charles Wadsworth, who she met in Philadelphia. Some critics believe that her heartsick poems were based Wadsworth’s sudden departure to the West Coast, although there’s no proof that their relationship was romantic. She called Wadsworth, “my closest earthly friend.”)

Bio Source:

http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poet/emily-dickinson

“I have yet to see a piece of writing, political or non-political, that doesn’t have a slant. All writing slants the way a writer leans, and no man is born perpendicular, although many men are born upright.”

E.B. White (Elwyn Brooks White, 1899-1985, American writer who hated his name Elwyn. Friends called him Andy. He was the writer and contributing editor to The New Yorker magazine, a position he would hold for the rest of his career. White was also the co-author of the English language style guide, The Elements of Style, which was commonly known as “Strunk & White.” He also wrote Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, and The Trumpet of the Swan. White was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1968 and earned a Pulitzer Prize special citation in 1978.)

Bio Source:

http://www.biography.com/people/eb-white-9529308 - acclaimed-author

“Events that get covered in the U.S. one way are not very important elsewhere or are given a completely different slant, and one needs to have a kind of comparative way of thinking in order to arrive at a judgment that is not completely provincial, that doesn’t end up ratifying one’s own national perspective and hence, one’s own national agendas.”

Judith Butler (born 1956, age 58, American continental philosopher and gender theorist whose work has influenced political philosophy, ethics and the fields of feminist, queer and literary theory. Since 1993, she has taught at the University of California, Berkeley where she is now Maxine Elliot Professor in Dept. of Rhetoric and Literature. Butler’s also the Hannah Arendt Chair at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, where she teaches an intensive summer seminar.)

Bio Source:

http://www.egs.edu/faculty/judith-butler/biography/

Meditation

With the word, Slant, I was able to retrieve a few humorous quotes from some interesting wisdom keepers and poets of our world.  I hope you a have an opportunity to enjoy some of them.

What’s most interesting about the concept of Slant is that no one person sees it all or has all the answers.  Each of us has a perspective that rests on a partial or full slant.

If we use an analogy of a theater, no one is capable of buying the tickets for the perfect seats in the house and seeing all the possible angles of a play on a stage, even if the stage was built in the round.  No one!  No matter how wealthy one is or how spiritually gifted one may be, or even if one is privileged to be seated smack dead in the center; one will not have access to see what goes on behind the scenes, up in the balcony, or outside of the theater itself.

Individually, we will always have partial views.

Now, there are things we can do more to see more, like building one’s skills to observe, stay present, or trust one’s intuition.  But, I believe Life’s game is appropriately rigged so we forced to live and work together in Unity.

Unity is a word we will hear more about as we awaken, ascend, and become more conscious.  I believe Unity it’s a multi-dimensional concept that not only speaks of our relationship with each other, but also our relationships to Source Energy, our spiritual support and ancestors, and to the energies of the Earth.

We need each other, and we each other’s viewpoint, mastery, wisdom, knowledge, and foresight in order to dwell in the seven dimensions of wellness: Physical, Intellectual, Emotional, Social, Occupational, Spiritual, and Environmental.

Like Steve Jobs said so eloquently. The more experiences we accumulate the better our ability to connect the dots.  But we also need the experiences and points-of-views of others of opposing opinions, the “devil advocates,”  so we can contemplate a variety of scenarios to choose and create the best possible outcomes in our lives.

May you all gleefully sail down the slopes and slants of your lives, joyously and happily!

With Love, Tonya

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