Trace

1 archaic: a course or path that one follows
2 (a): a mark or line left by something that has passed; also: footprint (b): a path, trail, or road made by the passage of animals, people, or vehicles
3 (a): a sign or evidence of some past thing: vestige; (b) engram
(…and many more definitions to boot…)

Source: www.merriam-webster.com

Etymology

Trace (n.): “track made by passage of a person or thing,” c. 1300, from Old French trace “mark, imprint, tracks” (12th Century), back-formation from tracier. Scientific sense of “indication of minute presence in some chemical compound” is from 1827. Traces “vestiges” is from c. 1400.

Trace (v.): late 14th century, “follow (a course); draw a line, make an outline of something,” also figurative; “ponder, investigate,” from Old French tracier look for, follow, pursue” (12th century, Modern French tracer), from Vulgar Latin tractiare “delineate, score, trace,” a frequentative form from Latin tractus “track, course,” literally “a drawing out,” from past participle stem of trahere “to pull, draw.”

 

Source: www.etymonline.com

Wisdom

“Love in all its subtleties is nothing more, and nothing less, than the more or less direct trace marked on the heart of the element by the psychical convergence of the universe upon itself.”

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955, a Jesuit priest and paleontologist who worked to understand evolution and faith, and who lived and worked on the front lines of war, and who traveled in the backlands of China)

Bio Source:

www.ignatianspirituality.com/ignatian-voices/20th-century-ignatian-voices/pierre-teilhard-de-chardin-sj

“When you do something, you should burn yourself up completely, like a good bonfire, leaving no trace of yourself.”

Shunryu Suzuki (1904-1971, Japanese priest belonging to the Soto lineage, best known for writing the “Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind”)

Bio Source:

sfzc.org/about-zen-center/principles-governance/lineage

“When a man understands the art of seeing, he can trace the spirit of an age and the features of a king even in the knocker on a door.”

Victor Hugo (1802-1885, poet, novelist, dramatist who was the most important of the French Romantic writers)

Bio Source:

www.britannica.com/biography/Victor-Hugo

“Without a trace of irony I can say I have been blessed with brilliant enemies. I owe them a great debt, because they redoubled my energies and drove me in new directions.”

E. O. Wilson (b. 1987, one of the world’s distinguished scientist and biologist, who explores the world of ants and other tiny creatures; professor and honorary curator in entomology at Harvard; best known for “Sociobiology: The New Synthesis,” “The Diversity of Life” and “The Creation”)

Bio Source:

www.ted.com/speakers/e_o_wilson

“I feel lucky every day. But I can also trace that luck back to decisions I have made. Frequently, those decisions have been to pay my own way to somewhere I want to be and something I want to do.”

Rachel Sklar (b. 1972, Canadian lawyer, CNN contributor, and media blogger)

Bio Source:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rachel_Sklar

“After it’s finished, sometimes I can trace a path that goes back to the possible source of inspiration.”

Tracy Chapman (b. 1964, multi-platinum and four-time Grammy Award-wining singer-songwriter)

Bio Source:

www.tracychapman.com/

“An arrow may fly through the air and leave no trace; but an ill thought leaves a trail like a serpent.”

Charles Mackay (1814-1889, Scottish poet, journalist, author, anthologist, novelist, and songwriter, best known for his book, “Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds”)

Bio Source:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Mackay_(author)

Meditation

“Without a trace of irony I can say I have been blessed with brilliant enemies. I owe them a great debt, because they redoubled my energies and drove me in new directions.”

— E. O. Wilson

 

Ahhhhhhh!  Yes!  God bless our “enemies”!  Indeed!  They do spark a lot in us, most of the time it’s rage.  But instead of resisting the lessons of our adversaries and giving our power away, we must stop and reflect upon the number of gifts they are offering.  Essentially, the opposition is forcing us to dig deep into our psyche, and come up with new pathways and innovative ideas of how to trace the through-lines of our life missions.

Maybe, that’s why the world has fallen in love with sports champions of this year’s 31st Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Yes, we love Michael Phelps and all that he epitomizes as an advanced physical and vulnerable human being.  But, if you are like me I have been inspired with the likes of Katie Ledecky, Usain Bolt, Simone Biles, and Kerri Walsh Jennings, who compete with joy and bravado.  They are living examples of gutsiness and fearless audacity, and have learned to relish when others work to oppose them.  Especially, for the older and more seasoned athletes, they tend to feed off the energy of their adversaries and allow what the opposition can teach them.  In that regard the battle strengthens their defiance to be more confident and the masters in their sports.

Swimming, track and field, and gymnastics have been my favorite sports since I was a child.  But, this year I cannot get enough of beach volleyball and indoor volleyball, men and women teams.  But, I am especially enthralled with the beach volleyball matches of Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross.  There’s so much to learn from this team as they trace their battles sometimes literally with their feet through the sands.  Their battles are improvised chess games of high-level intelligence strategy and partnership.  I marvel at Kerry Walsh Jennings, now 38 years of age, that she is now a wife, a mother of three, and an unapologetic fearless Amazonian woman of strength, finesse, and positivity.  I also love that she writes words on her hands and wears symbols around her neck to remind of her and her partner to dream big and to do so with joy.

Yes, there’s a lot to learn from our enemies and from the great masters of our world.  How fortunate we are, sojourners, to live on this planet at these exciting, complex, and challenging times.

Miraculously Yours, Tonya

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