: an amount of electricity
: the amount of an explosive material (such as dynamite) that is used in a single blast
: the responsibility of managing or watching over something



Charge (n., v.): c.1200, “a load, a weight,” from Old French chargeload, burden; imposition,” from chargierto load, to burden.” Meaning “responsibility” is mid-14c. (as in take charge, late 14c.; in charge, 1510s), which progressed to “pecuniary burden, cost, burden of expense” (mid-15c.), and then to “price demanded for service or goods” (1510s). Legal sense of “accusation” is late 15c.; earlier “injunction, order” (late 14c.). Electrical sense is from 1767. Slang meaning “thrill, kick” (American English) is from 1951.



“We must look for ways to be an active force in our own lives. We must take charge of our own destinies, design a life of substance and truly begin to live our dreams.”

Les Brown (Motivational speaker, age 69, former Ohio Congressman, author, radio DJ, and former host of The Les Brown Show. Born in 1945 with his twin brother in an abandoned building in Miami Florida. He was given up for adoption and adopted by Mamie Brown, a 38-year old single mother who worked as a cafeteria attendant and domestic assistant. While in grade school, Brown was declared “educably mentally retarded.” With encouragement from his mother and a H.S. teacher he learned how to reach his full potential.)

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"People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything.”

Thomas Sowell (American economist, age 84, social theorist, political philosopher, and author of books that include Basic Economics. He is currently Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University. He was born in North Carolina in 1930, but grew up in Harlem. He dropped out of high school, joined the Marine Corps and became a photographer in the Korean War. After the service, Sowell entered Harvard University, worked as a part-time photographer and studied economics which became his passion and profession.)

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“Every duty is a charge, but the charge of oneself is the root of all others.”

Mencius (c. 372-289 BCE, better known in China as “Master Meng.” “In many ways, he played the role of St. Paul to Confucius’ Jesus, interpreting the thought of the master for subsequent ages while simultaneously impressing Confucius’ ideas with his own philosophical stamp. He is most famous for his theory of human nature, according to which all human being share an innate goodness that either can be cultivated through education and self-discipline or squandered through neglect and negative influences, but never lost altogether.”)

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“A strenuous effort must be made to train young people to think for themselves and take independent charge of their lives.”

Anne Sullivan (Johanna “Anne” Mansfiled Sullivan, 1866-1936, American teacher who taught Helen Keller, who was deaf, mute, and blind how to read Braille and communicate with sign language. Sullivan was only 21 years of age when teaching Keller. Sullivan even helped Keller writer her autobiography.)

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“There are so many young women coming up through the ranks. Adele is an amazing singer. Beyonce has great stage presence. She’s just a beautiful woman. I love how everyone is just taken charge of their lives and careers.”

Pat Benatar (Patricia Mae Andrzejewski, born 1953, age 62, American singer and four-time Grammy Award winner. She is a mezzo-soprano and has considerable success especially during the 1980s with 2 Multi-Platinum albums, 5 Platinum albums, 3 Gold albums, and 15 Top 40 singles and 10 Top Hits.)

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“There’s nothing better than having a baby. I’ve always loved children. I used to work summers at YMCA and be in charge of, like, 30 preschool kids. I knew that when I had a child, I’d be overwhelmed, and it’s true… I can’t tell you how much my attitude has changed since we’ve got Frances. Holding my baby is the best drug in the world.”

Kurt Cobain (1967-1994, American musician and best known as the lead singer, guitarist, and primary songwriter for the grunge band Nirvana. He received a guitar at the age of 14 and music became his obsession. He also loved art. In 1988, he started Nirvana and signed on with Geffen Records in 1991 about the same time Cobain began using heroin. Cobain and Courtney Love married in February 1992 and welcomed their daughter, Frances in August of that year. With a history of drugs and suicidal attempts Cobain shot himself in the guest home behind his home killing himself instantly in 1994.)

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“I believe God is managing affairs and that He doesn’t need any advice from me. With God in charge, I believe everything will work out for the best in the end. So what is there to worry about.”

Henry Ford (1863-1947, American industrialist, the founder of Ford Motor Company, who revolutionized assembly-line modes of production for the automobile. Born and raised on the family’s family farm in Wayne County near Dearborn, Michigan, his father gifted him a pocket watch, which he promptly took apart and reassembled. At the age of 16 he took an apprenticeship as a machinist in Detroit. He learned to operate and service steam engines and also study bookkeeping. He went back to farming to support his wife and children, but was then hired as an engineer for the Edison Illuminating Company where he was promoted to chief engineer, all the while he developed his plans for a horseless carriage and constructed his first model, the Ford Quadricycle. It was Thomas Edison who encouraged Ford to build his second and better model.)

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“The whole point of the kingdom of God is Jesus has come to bear witness to the true truth, which is nonviolent. When God wants to take charge of the world, he doesn’t send in the tanks. He sends in the poor and the meek.”

N.T. Wright (Nicholas Thomas “Tom” Wright, born 1948, age 66, New Testament scholar and retired Anglican bishop.)

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The most surprising aha moments of my research around the word, Charge, came when retrieving the biography of Anne Sullivan, the young, gifted, and innovative teacher of Helen Keller.  Sullivan’s life story is quite remarkable.

Then again, each of these masters’ stories are extraordinary, no matter how short or long their lives. They took charge of their destinies sometimes at very young ages and against great odds and then selflessly shared their gifts.   How impressive and inspiring is that!

I was talking to a dear friend, who commented that she was turning 60, and that she didn’t have much to show for it.  I was completely flabbergasted, because she is one of the most talented, creative, and inspirational women I know.  I told her, for me, her life is an artistic masterpiece, because she creates at every opportunity and encourages others with her living example of beauty, strength, and compassion.

Taking charge also means acknowledging all that we are and being confident in what we have offered to the world.  Yeah, sometimes in order to get to this take-charge place, we have to lick our wounds and grieve the journeys, but we shouldn’t allow ourselves to stay stuck and fearful.  As Helen Keller so wisely said, “Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in this world.”

Currently, I am reading a great book that another dear friend recently gifted me by Brene Brown called, “Rising Strong – The Reckoning. The Rumble. The Revolution.  If we are brave enough, often enough we will fall.   This is a book about what it takes to get back up.”

As usual, Dr. Brown, downloads exquisite stories and lots of research and data on vulnerability and our ability to persevere.  Brown suggests, once we can own our truth and current circumstances, we will be able to circle around and process our stories, and then come up with new and creative ways to remake our lives.

Thank God for these magnificent life journeys and also for all those braves travelers who are able to reach forward and back when we need it the most.

In Deep Gratitude, Tonya





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