1 (a): to grasp the nature, worth, quality, or significance of; (b): to value or admire highly; (c) to judge with heightened perception or understanding : be fully aware of
2 : to increase the value of
Appreciate (v.): 1650s, “to esteem or value highly,” from Late Latin appretiatus “to set a price to” (related to appraise). The meaning “to rise in value” was first recorded in 1789.
“My expectations were reduced to zero when I was 21. Everything since then has been a bonus."
Stephen Hawking (b. 1942, English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author pf A Brief History of Time, former Lucasian Professor of Mathematics and director of research for the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge)
“The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, New England preacher, essayist, lecturer, poet, one of the most influential writers of the 19th century; he also explored, wrote, and sought seriously to broaden the domestic audience in classical Asian and Middle Eastern metaphysical concepts and sacred mythologies.)
“Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”
Voltaire (pen name of Francois-Marie Rouet, 1694-1778, philosopher, historian, and one of France’s Enlightenment writers; known for also his satirical novella, Candide)
“In societies where men are truly confident of their own worth, women are not merely tolerated but valued."
Aung San Suu Kyi (b. 1945, Burmese opposition leader in her home country of Myammar and the 1991 Nobel Prize for Peace recipient)
“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome."
Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672, first woman to be recognized as an accomplished New Word Poet for her volume of poetry, The Tenth Muse Late Sprung Up in America…, and considered one of the most important early American poets.)
“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”
Marcus Aurelius (121 AD – 180 AD, Scholar, Stoic Philosopher, Roman Emperor from 161-180, and Military Leader)
“This place was truly the highest and the lowest of all worlds - the most beautiful senses, the most exquisite emotions.. the most malevolent desires, the darkest deeds. Perhaps it was meant to be so. Perhaps without the lows, the highs could not be reached.”
Stephanie Meyer (b. 1973, American young-adult fiction and film producer, best known for her vampire romance series, Twilight)
“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”
— Anne Bradstreet
As much as we abhor unpleasantness, these experiences are necessary in order to build greater desires for deep love and goodness.
We are in throes of raising up a new planet, especially as humanity moves further into the new millennia. We are changing course as well as the structures of our collective heart and mind.
Like all new turns of a century, new paradigms can sometimes be riddled with difficulties and tragedies. We must remember those who sacrificed their lives so that humanity could learn to be more compassionate, forgiving, creative, inventive, and innovative.
Living meaningful and fulfilling lives is not just about joy and happiness at every level. A magnificent life is also about being of service to mankind and to our spiritual evolution.
We are on the precipice of spiritual enlightenment because we have experienced first hand the darkness and the cruelty of our own ignorance, and have made the collective choice to live more consciously in the Light.
Those of us who are strong and courageous enough to face our inner demons will be the ones who can develop the tools to be better global and cosmic citizens.
Stay vigilant, my friends, and continue to be present, grounded, and centered in the Love and the Sacred Now.
Faithfully Yours, Tonya