1 (a): to receive as return for effort and especially for work done or services rendered; (b): to bring in by way of return
2 (a): to come to be duly worthy of or entitled or suited to; (b): to make worthy of or obtain for

Source: www.merriam-webster.com


Earn (v.): Old English earnian “deserve, earn, merit, labor for, win, get a reward for labor,” from Proto-Germanic aznon “do harvest work, serve,” denominator verb from azno “labor” especially “field labor,” from Proto-Indo-European root es-en- “harvest, fall.”  Also from the same root as Gothic asneis, Old High German esni “hired laborer, day laborer,” Old English esne “serf, laborer, man.”

Source: etymonline.com


"I am interested in what I earn; I am interested in my growth."

Ratan Tata (b. 1937, Indian businessman, investor, philanthropist, and former chairman of Tata Sons)

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"Earn your success based on service to others, not at the expense of others."

H. Jackson Brown, Jr. (b. American author, best known for writing 'Life's Little Instruction Book")

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"Struggle is a never ending process. Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation." 

Coretta Scott King (1927-2006, women's, civil rights, and anti-war activist, wife of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., writer, and founder of Center for Social Nonviolent Change in Atlanta)

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“If you wrote something for which someone sent you a cheque, if you cashed the cheque and it didn't bounce, and if you then paid the light bill with the money, I consider you talented.” 

Stephen King (b. 1947, American author of horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy; his books have sold more than 350 million copies, many of which have been adapted into feature films, miniseries, television shows, and comic books)

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"We learned about honesty and integrity - that the truth matters... that you don't take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules... and success doesn't count unless you earn it fair and square."

Michelle Obama (b. Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama in 1964, lawyer, writer, and the wife of the 44th President, Barack Obama; the first African-American First Lady of the United States)

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"When you get to a place where you understand that love and belonging, your worthiness, is a birthright and not something you have to earn, anything is possible."

Brent Brown (b. researcher, story-teller, scholar, social scientist, educator, whose gift to the world is her research on vulnerability)

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"You are loved just for being who you are, just for existing. You don't have to do anything to earn it. Your shortcomings, your lack of self-esteem, physical perfection, or social and economic success - none of that matters. No one can take this love away from you, and it will always be here."

Ram Dass (b. Richard Albert in 1931, spiritual teacher and author, best known for writing "Be Here Now"; he was formerly Dr. Richard Alpert, a prominent Harvard psychotherapist and psychedelic pioneer along with Dr. Timothy Leary)

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“Earn your success based on service to others, not at the expense of others.”

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


I’m reading and savoring “The Book of Joy,” about the profound conversations with His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.   It is a book recorded and written by Douglas Carlton Abrams, who conducts interviews and research centered on the powerful talking points of these two spiritual teachers and prophets.

The Dalai Lama and the Archbishop agree that lasting changes in our sense of well-being are primarily through “our relationships and our expression of love and generosity to others in our lives.”

One section that really interested me was the research on the happy brain by the neuroscientist Richard Davidson, which highlighted four independent circuits in our brain that influences to our lasting well-being:

  1. “our ability to maintain positive states” or positive emotions;
  2. “our ability to recover from negative states”;
  3. “our ability to focus and avoid mind-wandering”; and
  4. “our ability to be generous.”

When we are able to incorporate those activities that promote these states (such as optimism, rebounding aka falling up, meditation, altruism), then we are successfully rewiring our minds.

The fourth circuit was particularly of interest to me.  The more we are generous and of service the happier we are.  I believe it.  Personally, I receive more joy when I am able to give and to serve others, not always with things, but with the generosity of kindness and encouragement to others.

Let’s earn our collective success in not only serving others, but in bringing more joy to the world.

Be well, sojourners!

Much Love, Tonya








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