: a strong light that can be seen from far away and helps to guide ships, airplanes, etc.
: a radio signal to help guide ships, airplanes, etc.
: someone or something that guides and gives hope to other



Beacon (n.): Old English beacensign” from West Germanic baukna. Perhaps borrowed from Latin bucinaa crooked horn or trumpet, signal horn.” But more likely from Proto-Indo-European bhew to gleam, shine” Figurative use from c.1600.



"I am now comfortable with standing in the beauty of my status as an unrepeatable and singular expression of humanity. I've become unwilling to discount the pieces of my soul that make me whole and disinclined to snuff my spark, break my brilliance or dim my shine. Living this truth supports and liberates me to live a life that complements my personal capability and capacity."

LaShaun Middlebrooks Collier (Not much about this author, a person who has not written any books, but who is courageous enough to speak and publish his/her truth out on the Web.)

"When pain brings you down, don't be silly, don't close your eyes and cry, you just might be in the best position to see the sun shine."

Alanis Morissette (born June 1, 1974, Age 40, Canadian-American alternative rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, record producer, and actress.)

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"Sometimes we get caught up in trying to glorify God by praising what He can do and we lose sight of the practical point of what He actually does do."

Dallas Willard (1935-2013, American philosopher who was also known for his writings on the Christian format and in the areas of epistemology, the philosophy of mind and of logic, and on the philosophy of Edmund Husseri. He was a longtime professor of philosophy at The University of Southern California.)

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"The rising of birds in their flight is the sign of an ambuscade. Startled beasts indicate that a sudden attack is coming."

Sun Tzu (544-496 BC, Chinese military strategist, Taoist philosopher, and general in the 6th century BCE who is widely recognized for his work, The Art of War, a book on military strategy, also known as The Thirteen Chapters.)

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"All physical evils are so many beacon lights to warn us from vice!"

Francis Bowen (1811-1890, American philosopher, writer, and educationalist.)

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"One is responsible to life: It is the small beacon in that terrifying darkness from which we come and to which we shall return."

James Baldwin (1924-1987, American essayist, playwright, and novelist regarded as a highly insightful iconic writer with works like Go Tell it On the Mountain, The Fire Next Time and Another Country.)

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It’s easy to be a beacon of light when everything is going relatively well.  But, it takes a lot of faith and trust to be a light worker when events are challenging.  It also requires courage to surrender to a Higher Power and follow Life’s leads.

I’ve been experiencing some huge challenges this year.  Without question, there’s always room to grow, improve, expand, and evolve.

However, to be completely misunderstood and misrepresented has given me a painful pause.  But, to put it all in perspective, I continue to seek the wisdom from my most trusted beloved friends and advisors, my “offensive linemen” and line-women.

Thank God for all the beautiful and loving people I have met along the way and for whom I am honored and proud to call my friends.  Without heart-felt connections life’s challenges would be unbearable and unsurmountable.

No matter what, my fellow journey women and men, stay awake and present for all Life has to offer, even through the pain, the tears, the grief, and disappointments.  That’s what we are here to do, to experience Life’s spectrum of colors, even all the shades of gray.  Because if we can, we will procure the tools to be great beacons of light for each other.

With Love and In Gratitude, Tonya


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