1 (a): fearless before danger: Intrepid; (b): showing or requiring a fearless daring spirit
2: Impudent, Presumptuous
3 obsolete: Assured, Confident
4: Sheer, Steep
5: Adventurous, Free
6: Standing out prominently
7: being or set in boldface



Bold (adj.): Old English beald (West Saxon), bald (Anglian) “brave, confident, strong,” from Proto-Germanic balthaz (cognates: Old High German baldswift,” in names such as Archibald, Leopold, Theobald; Gothic balþeiboldness;” Old Norse ballrfrightful, dangerous“), perhaps from Proto-Indo-European bhol-to- suffixed form of *bhel- (2) “to blow, swell” (related to: bole).

Of flavors (coffee, etc.) is from 1829.  The noun meaning “those who are bold” is from c. 1300.  Old French and Provençal bautbold,” Italian baldobold, daring, fearless” are Germanic loan-words.


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“Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise.”

Horace (65 BC – 8 BC, Quintus Horatius Flaccus, Roman lyric poet, satirist, and critic)

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“Don't let them tame you.”

Isadora Duncan (1877-1927, Angela Isadora Duncan, trailblazing American dancer, choreographer, and instructor, whose emphasis on freer forms was a precursor to modern dance)

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“Past boldness is no assurance of future boldness. Boldness demands continual reliance on God's spirit.”

Andy Stanley (b. 1958, communicator, author, and pastor of the North Point Ministries, based in Atlanta, Georgia)

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“Fortune crowns the bold before the worthy.”

Agona Apell (Ugandan writer on the philosophical and scientific aspects of everyday life, and author of the book, “The Success Genome Unravelled: Turning Men from Rot to Rock”)

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“Children believe what you promise. They are excited and expectant. Your nature must be like theirs: bold, daring, unafraid and eager to experience the victory God has already assured.”

Thea Harris (singer/songwriter, and author of the book,
“Pour the Oil”)

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“Write on your doors the saying wise and old,
"Be bold! be bold!" and everywhere-- "Be bold;
Be not too bold!" Yet better the excess
Than the defect; better the more than less;
Better like Hector in the field to die,
Than like a perfumed Paris turn and fly,”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882, America’s national literary figure, poet, educator, traveler, and linguist)

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“They can only kill us once.”

Immaculée Ilibagiza (b. 1972, Rwandan author and motivational speaker, best known for the writing the book,“Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust”)

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“Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise.” — Horace

Have you been feeling it too, this immense cosmic pressure that bids us to show up boldly in the most authentic ways.

We’ve been playing it safe for too long, unwilling to risk our true spiritual transformation and heart transmutation.  We ask The Great Loving Universe for great change in our lives, but what really we want is infinitesimal changes in the comfort and predictability of our old lives.

But, that’s not the way it ever works.  We must be push through our discomforts via dire circumstances or by others who wake us up to the deeper and essential parts of ourselves.  Transformation cannot be done alone, although solitude is a salve for the healing of scars.  Cycles of exponential transformation come about through communion and sometimes in conflict with others.

One of my favorite lines in a song entitled, Memphis, by The Milk Carton Kids is “God bless the souls that shook up mine.”

Yes! God bless them even though there are times we want to slap the “Be Jesus” out of our fellow travelers, those who we simultaneously love and dislike, our cantankerous soul mates.

Conflicts will allow us (after we finish wrestling and rolling around the dirt with our egos, picking up and dusting ourselves off) to align our hearts to our higher selves.  It is then that we will realize our growth and how bold we were to stand up for our principles and fight for our causes.

Ultimately, human dramas and conflicts are not about being right or wrong.   They are about risking exposure of our imperfect selves and offering new soul, heart, and thought paradigms.  Now, that’s bold and ultra courageous!

Stay well, my dear friends, and dare to have the audacity to love more deep and wide.

Peace out! Tonya


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