1 (a): having value: estimable; (b): honorable, meritorious
2: having sufficient worth or importance
Worthy (adj.): mid-13th century, “having merit.” Old English had weorpful in this sense. Attested from late 14th century as a noun meaning “person of merit.”
“Even if no salvation should come, I want to be worthy of it at every moment.”
Franz Kafka (1883 —1924, Kierling, German-language writer of visionary fiction whose works express the anxieties and alienation felt by many in 20th-century Europe and North America)
“Love is holy because it is like grace--the worthiness of its object is never really what matters.”
Marilynne Robinson (b. 1943, American novelist and essayist, recipient of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Humanities Medal, and 2016 Library Congress Prize for American Fiction; was named Time Magazine's list of 100 most influential; best known for writing "Housekeeping" and "Gilead")
“If you want me, you'll have to earn me. And, mister, I don't come cheap.”
Susan Elizabeth Phillips (b. 1948, American novelist, the creator of the sports romance and has been called the “Queen of Romantic Comedy”)
“Love did not have to make sense. It did not have to be worthy. It did not have to be earned. It did not have to woo. It just simply was.”
Mary Balogh (b, Mary Jenkins in 1944, a Welsh-Canadian novelist writing historical romance)
"Morality is not the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness."
Immanuel Kant (1724–1804, the central figure in modern philosophy; set the terms for much of nineteenth and twentieth century philosophy...)
“Morality is not the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness.” — Immanuel Kant
We are all worthy of Great Love. Unfortunately, our world has convinced us that our worth is based on external conditions of perceived wealth, position, and power, and not on our own intrinsic values.
Part of our work is to choose for ourselves what we value and to develop those disciplines, practices, and routines that build patterns towards internal joy and external happiness. Simply put, it’s about priming and nurturing our minds, bodies and spirits with healthful thoughts and nutrients, thereby rewiring our brain patterns. When these neurological patterns are set as routines our capabilities to be at ease will become our norm.
It’s not about discipline for the sake of discipline, although self-control is a noble practice. And it’s definitely not about lauding our choices over other folks. Our moral and value systems are closely aligned to our belief systems. It’s what we believe to be true and what we value. These are personal choices.
Once we have created well-balanced infrastructures, we will be liberated to be our authentic selves, confident in self- and unconditional love.
Continue to know your worth and your importance, sojourners!
Miraculously Yours, Tonya