: to make rich or richer especially by the addition or increase of some desirable quality, attribute, or ingredient
a: to add beauty to: Adorn
b: to enhance the taste of
c: to make (a soil) more fertile
d: to improve the nutritive value of
e: to process so as to add or increase the proportion of a desirable ingredient

Source: www.merriam-webster.com


Enrich (v.): late 14th century, “to make wealthy,” from Old French enricherenrich, enlarge,” from en-make, put in” + richerich.” Figurative sense “supply with abundance of something desirable” is from 1590s. Meaning “to fertilize” is from c. 1600. Scientific sense of “to increase the abundance of a particular isotope in some material” is first attested 1945.

Source: www.etymonline.com


“Your life is enriched with meaning when allow yourself to become inspired, set goals, and charge after them with passion.”

Julie Conner (TEDx speaker, educator, goals and planning strategist, and author of “Dreams to Action Trailblazer’s Guide”)

Bio Source:


“Have more humility. Remember you don't know the limits of your own abilities. Successful or not, if you keep pushing beyond yourself, you will enrich your own life – and maybe even please a few strangers.”

A.L. Kennedy (b. 1965, Alison Louise Kennedy, Scottish novelist, short stories and non-fiction writer, journalist, and stand-up comedian)

Bio Source:


“Most people are mirrors, reflecting the moods and emotions of the times; few are windows, bringing light to bear on the dark corners where troubles fester. The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.”

Sydney Harris (1917-1986, journalist for the Chicago Daily News and the Chicago Sun-Times)

Bio Source:


“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.”

Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924, leader of the Progressive Movement and the 28th President of the United States between 1913-1921)

Bio Source:


“The influence of teachers extends beyond the classroom, well into the future. It is they who shape and enrich the minds of the young, who touch their hearts and souls. It is they who shape the nation’s future.”

F. Sionil Jose (b. 1924, Francisco Sionil Jose, novelist, and short story and nonfiction writer, best known for highlighting the social underpinnings, class struggles and colonial history of Filipino society)

Bio Source:


“Bushido as an independent code of ethics may vanish, but its power will not perish from the earth; its schools of martial prowess or civic honor may be demolished, but its light and its glory will long survive their ruins. Like its symbolic flower, after it is blown to the four winds, it will still bless mankind with the perfume with which it will enrich life.”

Inazo Nitobe (1862-1933, Japanese, Quaker, agricultural economist, prolific writer, educator, diplomat, politician, and son of a samurai; best known for writing “Bushido: The Soul of Japan”)

Bio Source:


“There are things to confess that enrich the world, and things that need not be said.”

Joni Mitchell (b. 1943, renowned singer-songwriter)

Bio Source:



“The influence of teachers extends beyond the classroom, well into the future. It is they who shape and enrich the minds of the young, who touch their hearts and souls. It is they who shape the nation’s future.” — F. Sionil Jose


Master teachers are our planet’s most special contributors, those who are capable of enriching children’s lives and sometimes the lives of their families.

I was blessed to have the most caring and heart-centered teachers in my life, those who left huge traces of love in my soul.  There were so many, in fact, that I am unable to name them all.  But, I remember their spirit, gentle words, and kind encouragement.

One summer while on recess, while walking passed my elementary school while they in summer session, one of my classmates jumped out and asked me to come see our fourth teacher.  Ms. Honigman and her husband, with our parent’s permission, invited me and four other girls to come to her home for dinner.

This was the late 1960s, and my teacher and her husband were a young Jewish couple inviting Black and Latina girls into their homes when race relations in Brooklyn were at best frayed.

I don’t remember what we had for dinner or if we even we talked much.  All I remember was being awestruck with the honor of being in our teacher’s home and to have met her husband, mother and father.

Another teacher I will never forget is Ms. Bryant.  She was a tall beautiful black woman I met when I was in middle school.  She was my typing teacher, and I loved her as if she was my mother.  She knew that my mother had died and that I was extremely sad, so in the middle of my typing she would ask me to come up to her desk and talk to her.  Her words were gentle and very comforting, and I think she was the only adult during that time that ever asked how I was doing.  She somehow understood that as a child I was grieving, something that was not recognized during those times.  Eventually, Ms. Bryant was transferred to another school, but before she left, she asked for me.  She wanted to make sure I knew personally of her departure, and that I had a chance to say goodbye, which meant so much to me.

Great teachers generate enormous amounts of love in their students. They are spiritual warriors, unafraid to open up and to enrich the lives of their students.

Let us all, sojourners, be in our own unique ways, teachers and students of that great love, light, and wisdom!

Miraculously Yours, Tonya





Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *