: a quality that makes you continue trying to do or achieve something that is difficult
: the act of finding out or calculating something
: the act of officially deciding something



Determination (n.): mid-14th century, “decision, sentence,” from Old French déterminacion (14c.) “settlement, definition,” from Latin determinationemconclusion, boundary,” noun of action from past participle stem of determinareto enclose, bound, set limits to.”

As “a bringing to an end” (especilly of a suit at law), late 15th century.  As “fixed direction toward a goal,” from 1650s, originally in physics or anatomy; metaphoric sense “fixation of will” is from 1680s; that of “quality of being resolute” is from 1822.



“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”

Beverly Sills (1929-2007, opera soprano, called “America’s Queen of Opera” by Time Magazine, and know as “Bubbles” to her fans)

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“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.”

William Faulkner (1897-1962, American writer and Nobel Prize laureate in 1949; wrote novels, short stories, a play, poetry, essays, and screenplays)

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“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”

Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933, 30th President of the United States (1923-1929), who “demonstrated his determination to preserve the old moral and economic precepts of frugality amid the material prosperity which many Americans were enjoying during the 1920s era.”)

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“It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses, we must plant more roses.”

George Eliot (1819-1880, George Eliot was the pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans, English Victorian novelist who developed the method of psychological analysis characteristic of modern fiction.)

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“A few fly bites cannot stop a spirited horse.”

Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens, 1835-1910, American author and humorist, best known for “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and its sequel, “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”)

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“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”

Edward Everett Hale (1822-1902, American author, historian and Unitarian minister)

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“Never underestimate the determination of a kid who is time-rich and cash-poor.”

Cory Doctorow (b. 1971, Canadian-British blogger, journalist, and science fiction author of the book, “Little Brother” and co-editor of the blog, “Boing Boing”)

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“The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes.”

G.K. Chesterton (Gilbert Keith Chesterton, 1874-1936, English writer, poet, philosopher, journalist, and lay theologian)

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“A few fly bites cannot stop a spirited horse.”

— Mark Twain

What makes us determined to get up every morning and do all that we can do?

When we think about it, we had to be determined and strong to have picked such unique journeys on one of the most intense and creative planets in the Universe.  It’s like choosing to grow up in a highly dynamic city instead of on an island in some remote part of our world.

When we chose to take on these tough Earth assignments we agreed to navigate Life’s rough and choppy waters rather than the slow meandering evolutions of creation.

Challenges and crises make us stronger by giving us opportunities to navigate in and out of these perfect storms while deepening and elevating our souls’ potential.

The trick is, however, in maintaining one’s energy throughout our growth spurts by staying charged and primed in the renewal of spiritual energy.  Again, this means building those consistent practices that allows us to tap into Source Energy.  These spiritual routines are important, because once they are integral components of your lives we can then effortlessly recharge when needed.

It does take great discipline to build such programs of self-nourishment and self-love.

Another important source of renewal energy is in the union of trusting friends, family members, and healthy communities, when we can work in partnership and in collaboration with others by multiplying our brain, heart, and creative potentials to build a better world.

Once fortified with love and divine energy we will have the strength  and determination to be who we were born to be without fear of pesky opposing forces.

Let’s stay focused on our visions and bright futures.

Faithfully Yours, Tonya




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