: a part that is designed especially to be grasped by the hand
: title; name: nickname
: the total amount of money bet on a race, game, or event
: a means of understanding or controlling

Source: www.merriam-webster.com


Handle (n.): Old English handle formed from hand indicating a tool in the way thimble was formed from thumbspindle from spinladle from lade, etc.  The slang sense of “nickname” is first recorded 1870, originally U.S., from earlier expressions about adding a handle to one’s name (1833), that is, a title such as Mister or Sir.  To fly off the handle (1833) is a figurative reference to an ax head (to be off the handle “be excited” is recorded from1825, American English).  To get a handle on “get control of” is recorded by 1919.

Source: etymonline.com


"Success is more difficult to handle than failure."

Ravi Zacharias (b. 1946, Indian-born Canadian minister, evangelist, and author)

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"The thing about the truth is, not a lot of people can handle it." 

Conor McGregor (b. 1988, Irish professional mixed-martial artist)

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"Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means."

Ronald Reagan (1911-2004, actor, politician, and the 40th U.S. President serving from 1981-1989)

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"We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle."

Winston Churchill (1874 -1965, statesman, orator, historian, author, who as as prime minister rallied the British people during World War II)

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"There have been setbacks, illnesses and other obstacles, so inevitably I've had disappointments. But once you realize that things can't always go your own way, you're on the right track to being able to handle your own life."

Diana Quick (b. 1946, eclectic stage, TV, and film actress) 

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“Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.”

Ronald Reagan


Remember those days when we used to handle challenges with stride?  Life was simpler back then.  Or so, it appeared.  Or, maybe it wasn’t so at all.  Maybe, we were oblivious to the apparent complexity of the world and all that went on behind the curtain.

There were important issues and dilemmas generations before cared deeply about.  But, maybe we weren’t all so attached to their outcomes.  Or, maybe we had other ways to cope with our circumstances, like repressing our emotions, which sometimes led us to trouble and toxic addictions.

Because of the myriad ways we can now access information we can become obsessed with our collective noise.  Isn’t it time for us to step back a bit and take a breath, a deep cleansing breath, for the sake of our wellbeing?

World is evolving into a complex organism.  And we are becoming specialized in our abilities to glean and synthesize multiple levels of information.  It’s evident that we are advancing our abilities to connect the dots and decipher the meaning between and behind the static.  We’re waking up, and sometimes its a rude awakening!

However, when we get overwhelmed we need to detach from those things that bring us anguish, and connect to those relationships that bring us joy.

Remember to celebrate, sojourners, the achievable moments of peace!

Faithfully Yours, Tonya


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