: a strong persuasion or belief
: the feeling of being sure that what you believe or say is true



Conviction (n.): mid-15th century, “the proving of guilt,” from Late Latin convictionemproof, refutation,” from past participle stem of convincere (convince). Meaning “mental state of being convinced” is from 1690s; that of “firm belief, a belief held as proven” is from 1841.

Related Word: Convince (v.): 1520s, “to overcome in argument,” from Latin convincereto overcome decisively,” from com-, + vincereto conquer” (victor). Meaning “to firmly persuade” is from c. 1600.



“No legacy is so rich as honesty.”

William Shakespeare (1564-1616, English poet, playwright, and regarded as the greatest writer in the English language; often called England’s national poet, and the ”Bard of Avon.”)

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“Are we being good ancestors?”

Jonas Salk (1914-1995, American medical researcher and virologist, who discovered the first successful polio vaccine, for which he never patented nor earned money from his discovery)

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“The kind of legacy you leave will only reflect the kind of life you lived.”

Andrena Sawyer (founder and CEO of P.E.R.K. Consulting, an advisory firm for nonprofit and small business consulting, and author of the novel, The Long Way Home)

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“When it is all said and done, in the final analysis, a person is only remembered by the impact he/she has had on another person’s life.”

Tom Hackett (b. 1992, age 23, Australian-born American football player, punter for the Utah Utes; and also won the Ray Guy Award in 2014)

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“There is no escape – we pay for the violence of our ancestors.”

Frank Herbert (1920-1986, an American science fiction writer best known for the novel, Dune, and its five sequels)

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“Life supports what supports more of life”

Anthony “Tony” Robbins (b. 1960, age 55, American motivational speaker, self-help author and life coach)

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“Culture was actually humanity’s attempt to extend the womb.”

Christopher (Henry Dawson) (1889-1970, British independent scholar, who wrote many books on cultural history and Christendom, and called “the greatest English-speaking Catholic historian of the twentieth century.”)

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“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies . . . Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die . . . It doesn't matter what you do, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that's like you after you take your hands away.”

Ray Bradbury (1920-2012, American science fiction, fantasy, horror and mystery author, best known for The Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451)

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When coming across Jonas Salk’s biography I was struck how such a principled man of convictions he was, deeply devoted to his calling.

His biography stated that once the polio vaccine was perfected, and tested on animals, Salk and his team volunteered to give themselves the vaccine first along with their spouses and children to prove that there were no side affects. Also, Salk did not patent his vaccine and refused to make any money from his discovery.  He wanted to make sure that everyone had access to the vaccine. (Source:

How noble and rare that is.  Salk gave his life’s work for all of us, so that mankind/womankind could have a real chance of advancing.

Personally, I can count on one hand how many principled and honest men and women of conviction I have known in my life, those who would place others before the interests of themselves.  It was part of our programming to think primarily of ourselves.  Thank Goodness that we are shifting and recreating new paradigms of being.

My paternal and maternal grandmothers were two such women of convictions.  From totally different backgrounds, they had one thing in common.  They were visionaries who believed and worked tirelessly for their families’ prosperity.

Nana, my father’s mother, only had a sixth grade education, but as a single mother she worked two jobs to make sure my father and aunt both had a good education and went on to college. Now, 96 years old, she’s still very determined and fearless in her love for God and all of her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren.

Modear, my mother’s mother, was a very genteel woman from Georgia, who against all odds, received a master’s degree in nursing.  She largely taught by her quite living example of hard work, creating and contributing new ideas and techniques to her field.  Modear was also a out-spoken public speaker and fearless competitor.

I am here, daring to co-create a life beyond my wildest dreams, because of the strength, convictions, and spiritual devotion of these magnificent and strong women, who believed in their vision and in the bright future of generations to come.

What do you believe in? What are your convictions? And what would give your life for?

I believe in and am totally committed to the healing and transformational power of pure love.

Keep believing, being, and creating, my friends!

Eternally Yours, Tonya



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