1: to lift up: elevate; especially: to cause (a portion of the earth’s surface) to rise above adjacent areas
2: to improve the spiritual, social, or intellectual condition of
Lift (v.): c. 1200, “elevate in rank or dignity, exalt;” c. 1300, “to raise from the ground or other surface, pick up; erect, set in place,” also intransitive, “to rise in waves;” early 14th century, “to remove (someone or something) from its place,” from Old Norse lypta “to raise,” from Proto-Germanic luftijan, from the general Germanic noun for “air, sky, upper, regions, atmosphere” (related to: loft), giving the verb an etymology sense of “to move up into the air.”
Intransitive sense of “to rise, to seem to rise” (of clouds, fogs, etc.) is from 1834. Figurative sense of “to encourage” (with up) is mid-15th century. The meaning “steal, take dishonestly” (as in shoplift) is 1520s. Surgical sense of “to raise” (a person’s face) is from 1921. Middle English also had a verb listen (c. 1400).
“Next to trying and winning, the best thing is trying and failing.”
L.M. Montgomery (Lucy Maud Montgomery, 1874 – 1942, Canadian author best known for a series of novels beginning in 1908 with Anne of Green Gables, which were immediate success)
“Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.”
Thich Nhat Hanh (b. 1926, Vietnamese Zen monk, spiritual leader, poet, and peace activist)
“Because paper has more patience than people.”
Anne Frank (1929-1945, writer and diarist)
“Listen. I wish I could tell you it gets better. But, it doesn't get better. You get better.”
Joan Rivers (1933-2014, born Joan Alexandra Molinksy, actress, comedienne, writer, and talk show host)
“What men and women need is encouragement. Their natural resisting powers should be strengthened, not weakened ... Instead of always harping on a man's faults, tell him of his virtues. Try to pull him out of his rut ... Hold up to him his better self, his real self that can dare and do and win out! ... People radiate what is in their minds and in their hearts.”
Eleanor H. Porter (1868-1920, American author best known for her Pollyanna novels)
“Listen. I wish I could tell you it gets better. But, it doesn’t get better. You get better.”
Life’s uplifting and hopeful moments are when we realize that we can somehow with focus, faith, and action transcend our circumstances. This happens when we implement threads of discipline and healthful intentions into our lives, especially when it pertains to spiritual, physical, and emotional growth.
Now, there are normal stages of life that one must go through, particularly as they relate to our biological ages, and there are naturally exceptions to the rules.
For instance, there’s the toddler stage, puberty, and adulthood where we can exhibit similar level conscious development across the board. But, there are times when we can quicken through certain stages, because such circumstances warrant so.
Upon embarking on my young adulthood, I often came face-to-face with the strength or weaknesses of my own personal emotional intelligence. Like most folks, my buttons were pushed by the imaginary battles within my environments and the mirrors of myself I saw in others. Essentially, at that stage in my life I was inexperienced and largely unaware. But, that’s the way it’s supposed to be at that age.
There have been other times when circumstances quickened my consciousness, because I was doing my work. One of those circumstances were the 911 attacks. Although events were harrowing and tragic I was equipped to navigate through for myself and for my children.
Ordinarily, when most of us arrive through the ages of 20s, 30s, 40s and beyond, we accumulate portfolios of experiences to unlearn, relearn, swap-out, compare, or clarify. When we choose to do our spiritual, emotional, physical, and psychological work, we start to let go of the needless information and toxic patterns, and begin to discover the vital components that make up healthy lives and our unique missions. That’s when we can get to enjoy our life journeys, because we are no longer imprisoned by other people’s expectations of what or who we should be. We will then be uplifted to higher stages of consciousness, still challenged at levels, but now empowered with the tools to navigate life, harmoniously and more at peace.
Upwards and onward, Sojourners!
Much Love, Tonya