: a state in which someone is carefully looking for possible danger, threats, problems, etc.
: a person whose job or duty is to watch and protect someone or something
: a group of people (such as soldiers) who protect a person or place



Guard (n.): early 15th century, “one who keeps watch, a body of soldiers,” also “care, custody, guardianship,” and the name of a part of a piece of armor, from Middle French gardeguardian, warden, keeper; watching, keeping, custody,” from Old French garderto keep, maintain, preserve, protect.” Abstract or collective sense of “a keeping, a custody” (as in bodyguard) also is from early 15th century. Sword-play and fisticuffs sense is from 1590s; hence to be on guard (1640s) or off (one’s) guard (1680s); as a football position, from 1889; guard-rail attested from 1860, originally on railroad tracks and running beside the rail on the outside; the guide-rail running between the rails.



“I would not send a poor girl into the world, ignorant of the snares that beset her path; nor would I watch and guard her, till, deprived of self-respect and self-reliance, she lost the power or the will to watch and guard herself.”

Anne Bronte (1820-1859, poet and author the youngest sister of the literary dynasty and the writer who refuse to glamorize violent, oppressive men; best known for writing “The Tenant of Wildfell Hall” and “Agnes Grey”)

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“Fortitude is the guard and support of the other virtues.”

John Locke (1632-1704, British philosopher, academic, and medical researcher, best known for writing, “An Essay Concerning Human Understanding,” one of the first great defenses of empiricism, which instructs the limits of human understanding and what one can claim to know and what one cannot)

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Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.”

George Washington (1732-1799, the first president of the United States and the Commander in Chief of the Continental Army for six grueling years)

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“To fake it is to stand guard over emptiness.”

Arthur Herzog (1927-2010, award-winning novelist, non-fiction writer, and journalist, renowned for his best-selling novels, “The Swarm,” “Orca,” and “IQ 83”)

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Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.”

George Sand (1804—1876, pseudonym of born Armatine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin, French Romantic writer; best known for writing “Indiana,” a novel and passionate protest against the social conventions that bind a wife to her husband against her will)

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“I am good, strong word giver; I am jealous guard of my own secrets. Freedom is the rule; I am hungry for one good thing I can do.”

Rachel Corrie (1979-2009, writer, diarist, and community activist; while protecting a Palestinian family’s house against unlawful demolition, she was killed by an Israeli bulldozer)

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“You have to stand guard over the development and maintenance of Islamic democracy, Islamic social justice and the equality of manhood in your own native soil.”

Muhammad Ali Jinnah (1876-1948, Muslim statesman and lawyer, who led the Pakistan’s independence from India and was the first governor-general and president of its constituent assembly)

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“Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.”

George Sand


What are our true inner treasures?  This is an important question to ponder.  Kindness is a huge jewel, one that we should cultivate and grow.

I am happiest when I am kind, loving, and compassionate.  For me, kindness has been the huge through-line in my life.  It is the cloth in which I was cut.  But, there were times when I couldn’t be warm to others or truly loving to myself.  That was when I was angry and felt numb, lonely and betrayed by those who I thought loved me.

It took the divine healing medicine of Love to snap me out of those spells, so I could feel again and slowly forgive others as well as myself.  I began to mature in my relationship with Great Creator and with my self, and gradually the hurt began to melt away.  I no longer felt so hurt or offended by others’ intentions and efforts to dominate, control or use me.  I learned to love and to treasure all that I am, and to no longer take the mean-spiritedness of others so personally.  Every individual has the choice to create who or what they want to be.  My choice is to always to be kind and to be of service in every conceivable and possible way.

Sojourners, love and guard your divine treasures, and gift them unconditionally to the world.

Miraculously and Lovingly Yours, Tonya





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