archaic (a): build; (b) establish
2: to instruct and improve especially in moral and religious knowledge: uplift; also: enlighten, inform

Source: www.merriam-webster.com


Edify (v.): mid-14th century, “to build, construct,” also, in figurative use, “to build up morally or in faith,” from Old French edefier (12th century Modern French édifier) “build; install; teach, instruct (morally),” from Latin aedificare “to build, construct,” in Late Latin “improve spiritually, instruct” (edifice).

Source: etymonline.com


"You cannot live to please everyone else. You have to edify, educate and fulfill your own dreams and destiny, and hope that whatever your art is that you're putting out there, if it's received, great, I respect you for receiving it. If it's not received, great, I respect you for not."

Octavia Spencer (b. 1970, actress, author, and director)

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“The most significant way you can edify another person is to see them accurately as the same as you, listen to them, and honor their right to their own thoughts and feelings.” 

Kimberly Giles (author, executive coach, motivational speaker, president and founder of Claritypoint Coaching Academy, best known for writing, "Choosing Clarity: The Path to Fearlessness")

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"What spectacle can be more edifying or more seasonable, than that of Liberty and Learning, each leaning on the other for their mutual and surest support?"

James Madison (1751-1836, America's fourth President, 1809-1817, made a contribution to the ratification of the Constitution by writing "The Federalist Papers" with Alexander Hamilton and John Jay; referred to the father of the Constitution)

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"Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and wherewith one may edify one another."

Bible, Romans 14:19


“You cannot live to please everyone else.  You have to edify, educate and fulfill your own dreams and destiny, and hope that whatever your art is that you’re putting out there, if it’s received, great, I respect you for receiving it.  If it’s not received, great, I respect you for not.”

Octavia Spencer


In addition to edifying others we must learn to enlighten and build an inner life for ourselves.

I absolutely love this quote by futurist and philosopher Alvin Toffler, author of the book, “Future Shock”:

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”

As children, a many of us (as it was our nature) erroneously absorbed our share of false information, sometimes without without the ability to question.    To our credit, somehow we had access to our internal “Truth Chord” that allowed us to question the opinions or beliefs of others, even silently.   For the sake of survival, however, we had to cooperate and adapt to environments that pressured us to conform and to agree, uniformly.  Some of us learned these behaviors through familial settings, schools, workplaces and our cultural societies.

Eventually, most of us will come to these crossroads (usually between the ages of 35 and 50) where we have to stop the train and get off.  We have come to those crucial lifepoints where nothing in our lives works.  The false scaffolding that held up our facades will eventually collapse and crumble to the ground, forcing us to face the naked truths of who we are and what we are here to do.

It’s a challenging transition to go through, no actually it’s harrowing one; and chances are if one is lucky, there will be many transformations to refine our life’s experiences.  But, once we make our commitments to surrender and thus work to be a master of our lives, eventually with discipline, our navigational and operational systems will be replaced and upgraded.

It will be scary at times into the cold waters of life’s transitions.  Only the bravest of souls are willing to take such leaps of faith.  But, I can tell you from experience, there’s true greener pastures on the other side of the “Hero’s Journey.”   Once we move forward in great enthusiasm and never look back, we will glimpse signs of our bright futures.

Sojourners, let us continent to build a life of light, love, hope, and peace, edifying a new world!

Much Love, Tonya










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