1: to bring into existence: as (a): Procreate, Beget; (b): to originate by a vital, chemical, or physical process: Produce
2: to be the cause of (a situation, action, or state of mind)
3: to define or originate (as a mathematical or linguistic set or structure) by the application of one or more rules or operations
Generate (v.): c. 1500, “to beget” (offspring), a back-formation from generation or else from Latin generates “to beget, produce,” from genus “race, kind” (genus). In reference to natural forces, conditions, substances, etc., from 1560s.
“If we all collectively generate good energy, there will bee a good outcome.”
Shari Arison (b. 1957, American-Israeli businesswoman, philanthropist, and founder of Arison Group, a global business group; also daughter of Ted Arison, founder of Carnival Cruise Lines)
“A picture must possess a real power to generate light and for a long time now I’ve been conscious of expressing myself through light or rather in light.”
Henri Matisse (1869-1954, French painter, artist, draftsman, printmaker, and sculptor, but known primarily for his use of color and light)
“How often misused words generate misleading thoughts.”
Herbert Spencer (1820-1903, English sociologist and philosopher, an early advocate of the theory of evolution; his magnum opus was “The Synthetic Philosophy,” a comprehensive work on the principles of biology, psychology, morality, and sociology; best remembered for his doctrine of “social Darwinism”)
“You can only generate ideas when you put pencil to paper, brush to canvass… when you actually do something physical.”
Twyla Tharp (b. 1941, multiple award-winning dancer, author, and choreographer of more than one hundred and sixty works, one hundred twenty-nine dances, twelve television specials, six Hollywood movies, four full-length ballets, four Broadway shows and two figure skating routines)
“If a writer doesn’t generate hostility, he is dead.”
V.S. Naipaul (b. 1932, Nobel Prize winning Trinidadian author and master writer, who “tells stories which show us ourselves and the reality we live in”)
“Your competition is not other people but the time you kill, the ill will you create, the knowledge you neglect to learn, the connections you fail to build, the health you sacrifice along the path, your inability to generate ideas, the people around you who don’t support and love your efforts, and whatever god you curse for your bad luck.”
James Altucher (b. 1968, hedge fund manager, entrepreneur, bestselling author, and podcaster; founded more than 20 companies and failed at 17 of them; and published eleven books)
“Sustainable development is the pathway to the future we want for all. It offers a framework to generate economic growth, achieve social justice, exercise environment stewardship and strengthen governance.”
Ban Ki-moon (b. 1944, South Korean statesman, politician, and eighth and current Secretary-General of the United Nations)
“It is impious to say that evil has its origin from God, because naught contrary is produced by the contrary. Life does not generate death, nor is darkness the beginning of light, nor is disease the maker of health, but in the changes of conditions there are transitions from one condition to the contrary.”
Saint Basil (330-379 AD, also known as Saint Basil the Great, Bishop of Caesarea, early Church Father, who wrote several works on monasticism, theology, and canon law)
“Your competition is not other people but the time you kill, the ill will you create, the knowledge you neglect to learn, the connections you fail to build, the health you sacrifice along the path, your inability to generate ideas, the people around you who don’t support and love your efforts, and whatever god you curse for your bad luck.” — James Altucher
I was watching a poignant movie over the weekend called “East Side Sushi” about Juana, a young Mexican-American single mother who against great odds dreams of being a sushi chef. The obvious obstacles are daunting. Juana is a woman, not Japanese, and has not been groomed or raised in the sushi tradition. Those obstacles are just on the Japanese side of the equation. The other resistance is her father, who applies an enormous amount of pressure to sell fruit on the street or make tacos. Determined, disciplined, and tenacious, Juana works hard to move forward and eventually her father wakes up, and supports his daughter with a brilliant mantra: “Beat them at your game.”
We have to know who are, what we love, and to have some inklings of our dreams and/or our curiosities. When we do we can begin to fight for and carve out our unique brand of existence. It can take some time, though, but when we discern the breadcrumbs and the trails, we can follow the paths to our unique life purposes. We will open up more and more to Life and Love, receive the divine inspiration, generate new ideas and enlarge our abilities to create.
We will attract those individuals who dwell on the same vibrational energy levels as we do, those who will also believe and support our cause. What we do is important, but who we have in our corners is equally important. And it’s not about having those individuals who agree with everything we say or do. It’s about having those courageous souls who won’t deny what they see and who have the courage to tell us their truth in loving and compassionate ways. Finding our soul mates in terribly important in order to work, live, participate and collaborate joyously.
There IS no real contest. Our mission is to do all that we can to be clear and open in discovering life’s meaning and generating wonder at every turn. Sojourners, let us continue to have faith in our individual and collective possibilities.
Miraculous and Lovingly Yours, Tonya