1: having or showing courage
2: making a fine show: Colorful
3: Excellent, Splendid



Brave (adj.): late 15th century, from Middle French brave, “splendid, valiant,” from Italian bravobrave, bold,” originally “wild, savage,” possibly from Medieval Latin bravuscutthroat, villain,” from Latin pravuscrooked, depraved;” a less likely etymology being from Latin barbarous, from Greek barbarous (related: to barbarian). A Celtic origin (Irish breagh, Cornish bray) also has been suggested.

Old English words for this, some with overtones of “rashness,” included modig (now “moody”), beald (“bold”), cene (“kene”), dyrstig (“daring”). Brave new world is from the title of Aldous Huxley’s 1932 satirical utopian novel; he lifted the phrase from Shakespeare’s “Tempest,” v.i.183.



“The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls.”

Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902, abolitionist, pioneer of the women’s rights movement, and a mentor to Susan B. Anthony; wrote the Declaration of Sentiments as a call to arms for female equality)

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“It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.”

Mark Twain (1835-1910, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, American writer, entrepreneur, publisher and lecturer; his novels included: “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and its sequel, “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” and “The Great American Novel”)

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“It is not the strength of the body that counts, but the strength of the spirit.”

J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973, British author, linguist, internationally renowned fantasy writer, best known for “The Hobbit” and the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy)

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“A brave man acknowledges the strength of others.”

Veronica Roth (b. 1988, American writer known for her “Divergent” trilogy of science-fiction novels for young adults)

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“Scared is what you're feeling. Brave is what you're doing.”

Emma Donoghue (b. 1969, Irish-Canadian playwright, literary historian, novelist, and screenwriter; her 2010 novel, “Room,” was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and an international best-seller, was adapted into a film of the same name, for which Donoghue wrote the screenplay and nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay)

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“It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.”

Erma Bombeck (1927-1996, Erma Louise Fiste, humorist, writer, columnist, journalist, who found the humor in everyday experiences of being a wife and mother)

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“I believe that the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity is daring to dare.”

Maya Angelou (1928-2014, Marguerite Johnson, author, poet, historian, songwriter, playwright, dancer, stage and screen producer, director, performer, singer, and civil rights activist; best known for her autobiographical books)

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“I believe that the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity is daring to dare.” — Maya Angelou


Let’s be honest, the most fun we can have in our lives is when we dare to face our fears and be brave. That’s when life gets exciting!

As we get older and experience falls and hurts we tend to treat life more gingerly.  That’s not so much fun, because we are playing it safe.  Somehow we must learn to balance safety with risk to be bold.

That doesn’t mean rushing through life, but choosing to be fully present and awake.

Last weekend, I was extremely fortunate to travel with my Girls and share some extraordinary adventures.  A two-day trip ended up feeling as if we had been gone for a week.

We ventured out to meet new people, and to sit around the campfire while the children roasted hotdogs and marshmallows.   It was a beautiful night with stars twinkling brightly in a new moon sky.  We were even courageous to walk through a maze cornfield while a determined boy scout tried his best to scare the wits from us.

The next day we hiked a 13-story mountain in the Natural Bridge State Park of Kentucky.  Teenagers ran up and down that mountain while we took our time, ascending.  Strangers encouraged us all along the way, letting us know that the view was worth every step.  And… it… was!

Personally, I still needed bravery to accept my limitations by resting, in taking it all in, and in getting back down the mountain.  In the end, I was proud of what I was able to accomplish.

Continue to be brave, sojourners, in loving, in telling your truth, and in manifesting your dreams!

Miraculously Yours, Tonya


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