Track

: a mark left on the ground by a moving animal, person, or vehicle
: a path or rail that is made by people or animals walking through a field, forest, etc.
: a pair of metal bars that a train, trolley, or subway car rides along

Source: www.merriam-webster.com

Etymology

Track (n.): late 15th century, “footprint, mark left by anything,” from Old French trac “track of horses, trace” (mid-15th century), possibly from a Germanic source (compare Middle Low German treck, Dutch trek “drawing, pulling”). Meaning “lines of rails for drawing trains” is from 1805. Meaning “branch of athletics involving a running track” is recorded from 1905. Meaning “single recorded item” is from 1904, originally in reference to phonograph records. Meaning “mark on skin from repeated drug injection” is first attested 1964.

Track record (1955) is a figurative use from racing, “performance history” of an individual car, runner, horse, etc. (1907, but the phrase was more common in sense “fastest speed recorded at a particular track“). To make tracks “move quickly” is American English colloquial first recorded 1835; to cover (one’s) tracks in the figurative sense first attested 1898; to keep track of something is attested from 1883. American English wrong side of the tracks “bad part of town” is by 1901. Track lighting attested from 1970.

Source: www.etymonline.com

Wisdom

“I was a conductor of the Underground Railroad for eight years, and I can say what most conductors can’t say; I never ran my train off the track and I never lost a passenger.”

Harriet Tubman (1820-1913, aka “Moses of her people;” a leader of the abolitionist movement, who freed herself from slavery and over the course of 10 years led hundreds of slaves to freedom; during the Civil War she was also a spy for the federal forces in South Carolina and a nurse)

Bio Source:

www.americaslibrary.gov/aa/tubman/aa_tubman_subj.html

“If it is your time, love will track you down like a cruise missile.”

Lynda Barry (b. 1956, painter, cartoonist, writer, illustrator, playwright, editor, commentator and commentator; best known for her weekly comic strip, Ernie Pook’s Comeek”)

Bio Source:

www.drawnandquarterly.com/author/lynda-barry

“There have been setbacks, illnesses and other obstacles, so inevitably I’ve had disappointments. But once you realize that things can’t always go your own way, you’ve on the right track to being able to handle your own life.”

Diana Quick (b. 1946, British stage actress, trained at Oxford University in the classics and musical theatre)

Bio Source:

www.imdb.com/name/nm0703438/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm

“If the track is tough and the hill is rough, THINKING you can just ain’t enough!”

Shel Silverstein (1930-1999, poet, singer-songwriter, cartoonist, screenwriter, and award-winning children’s writer and author; best known for “The Giving Tree” and “Where the Sidewalk Ends,” “A Light in the Attic,” and “Falling Up.”)

Bio Source:

www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/shel-silverstein

“Indecision may come from an instinctive hunch that there’s more you need to know – which means it’s time to learn everything you can about the pros and cons of each option. You can continue on this track, however, only as long as you’re unearthing genuinely new information.”

Martha Beck (b. 1962, sociologist, life coach, best-selling author, and speaker)

Bio Source:

marthabeck.com/bio/

“To most men experience is like the stern lights of a ship, which illuminate only the track it has passed.”

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834, English lyrical, critic, and philosopher; he with William Wordsworth heralded the British Romantic movement)

Bio Source:

www.britannica.com/biography/Samuel-Taylor-Coleridge

“Often, women as little girls are sent off on a track for them to live a perfect life and be a perfect woman. Not for boys, who can be themselves with their mood and their temper.”

Claire Denis (b. 1946, French film director and writer, best known for “Beau Travail,” “White Materia,” and “35 Shots of Rum”)

Bio Source:

www.imdb.com/name/nm0219136/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm

“Power dies, power goes under and gutters out, ungraspable. It is momentary, quick of flight and liable to deceive. As soon as you rely on the possession it is gone. Forget that it ever existed, and it returns. I never made the mistake of thinking that I owned my own strength, that was my secret. And so I never was alone in my failures. I was never to blame entirely when all was lost, when my desperate cures had no effect on the suffering of those I loved. For who can blame a man waiting, the doors open, the windows open, food offered, arms stretched wide? Who can blame him if the visitor does not arrive.”

Louise Erdrich (b. 1954, poet, novelist, and writer of children’s books featuring Native American characters and settings)

Bio Source:

www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/louise-erdrich

“It’s such a human condition, whether you’re a great track star or a great knitting person or you paint watercolors – someone knows who you are.”

Tony Curtis (1925-2010, Bernard Schwartz, film actor whose career spanned six decades)

Bio Source:

www.imdb.com/name/nm0000348/bio

Meditation

“It’s such a human condition, whether you’re a great track star or a great knitting person or you paint watercolors – someone knows who you are.”

— Tony Curtis

 

When I first moved from New York City to Florida it was a bit of a culture shock, especially when working in a new environment.  It’s normal to struggle a bit with making friends, but I found it more difficult than usual.  Maybe, it was partly me; maybe people are more cautious about letting others into their lives; or maybe some people were suspicious of where I was from.  After all, I was a Yankee now living in The South.

In the City, because the vibration is fast and intense, most people assess quickly who is who and where on the light spectrum of consciousness a person may fall.  If and when the person shifts or reveals his or her true colors, most New Yorkers move quickly along.  It’s much like social profiling.

Here in Florida, however, because the vibration is slower people take their time in knowing others, sometimes years in fact.

I don’t believe one culture is better than the other.  They are different, and as a transplant into a new world it’s up to me to adjust and adapt, especially as I move in and out of different communities and various environments.  I must develop the muscles  development wise discernment and to see more clearly . And when I need further answers I must ask for the help.

I have to admit, I was a little shell shock when I moved from NYC to Florida, especially after the terrorist attacks of 911.  But, what helped me tremendously was my assignment to speak to one stranger everyday.  However, when arriving to Florida after such a major life shift I was a little unsure how to proceed.

My life coach at that time wisely advised me not to focus on the 10+ individuals I couldn’t connect, but to concentrate instead on the one or two persons I could relate.  Once I did that, I found all sorts of powerful and beautiful women and loving and kind men, who accepted me and wanted to know me.

The tracks of our life journeys continue to endow us with many doors to connect to our soul mates, those who trust what we are and what we are capable of contributing to the world.

Let us continue to follow the divine tracks, sojourners, that lead us to our love ones and to our divine life purpose.

Faithfully Yours, Tonya

 

 

 

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