1: to carry out successfully: accomplish


2: to get or attain as the result of exertion: reach



Achieve (v.): early 14th century “to perform, execute, accomplish;” late 14th century, “gain as a result of effort,” from Old French achever (12th century) “to finish, accomplish, complete,” from phrase á chef (venire) “at an end, finished,” or Vulgar Latin accapare, from Late Latin ad caput (venire); both the French and Late Latin phrases meaning literally “to come to a head,” from ad “to” + stem of caput “head” (related to: capitulum)



“In order to achieve anything, you must be brave enough to fail.” 

Kirk Douglas (b. Issur Danielovitch in 1916, an American actor, producer, director, and author; one of the last living people of the film industry's Golden Age)

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“Everywhere man is confronted with fate, with the chance of achieving something through his own suffering.” 

Viktor E. Frankl (1905-1997, legendary neurologist, psychiatrist, holocaust survivor, and author)

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“Be patient with yourself; trust in the Universe; find mentors; know that you can achieve whatever you set out to do.” 

Diane L. Dunton (avid cyclist, writer, photographer and landscape artist, who discovered the healing power of art after the premature death of her husband and her own journey with breast cancer)

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“When teachers doubt your potential, show them how wrong they truly are.” 

Ace Antonio Hall (actor and author)

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“Whatever you think you are, you are always bigger than that...”

Gino Norris (author of "Stress Diaries," hypnopsychotherapist, stress management therapist, life coach, and youth counselor)

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“Everywhere man is confronted with fate, with the chance of achieving something through his own suffering.” — Viktor E. Frankl


The late legendary author, Viktor Frankl, was a neurologist, psychiatrist, and holocaust survivor.   His biography said that his psychotherapeutic school was founded “on the belief that striving to find meaning in life is the most powerful motivation for human beings.”

Finding meaning in our individual lives are our greatest achievements, no matter our perceived failures or successes.  What matters are our journeys to become in tuned, clear, and at peace on why we are here and what we are here to contribute on this leading edge of Existence.

One of my best friends recommended listening to podcasts and one entitled, “On Being – The Big Questions of Meaning” by Krista Tippett.  On Being is an amazing platform of conversations with some of the world’s thought-provoking authors, artists, poets, philosophers, spiritual leaders, and wisdom-keepers across the political spectrum.  Krista Tippett, a writer and journalist herself, has the ability ask those insightful questions that elicit thoughtful and profound answers.

I am behind in keeping up with Tippett’s current and up-to-date podcast publications.  But, that’s beauty of today’s demand-download technologies, one can listen at one’s leisure.

Last weekend, I was listening to Alain de Botton, the Swiss-born British author who wrote novels and essays on love.  Botton said something interesting.  He told Tippett that we all are, to some degree, damaged and imperfect beings.  And because we are we should embark upon our romantic relationships with expectations that these connections are imperfect themselves, but are essential diving boards to challenge and perfect our hearts and souls.  Relationships are the heroes journeys to achieve the wider levels of maturation and the deeper realms of consciousness.

Stay frosty and alert, sojourners, to the infinite possibilities of Love!

Faithfully Yours, Tonya











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