1(a): to maintain position: refuse to give ground; (b): to continue in the same way or to the same degree: last
 2: to derive right or title —often used with of or from
 3: to be or remain valid: apply
 4: to maintain a grasp on something:  remain fastened to something
 5: to go ahead as one has been going
 6: to bear or carry oneself
 7: to forbear an intended or threatened action: halt, pause—often used as a command
 8: to stop counting during a countdown
 slang: to have illicit drug material in one’s possession


Source: www.merriam-webster.com


Hold (v.): Middle English holden, earlier halden, from Old English haldan (Anglican), headland (West Saxon), “to contain; to grasp; to retain (liquid, etc.); to observe, fulfill (a custom, etc.); to have as one’s own; to have in mind (of opinions, etc.); to possess, control, rule; to detain, lock up; to foster, cherish, keep watch over; to continue in existence or action; to keep back from action.”

The modern use in the sense “lock up, keep in custody” is from 1903.  Hold back in the figurative senses is from 1500s.  To hold off is early 15th century.  Hold on is early 13th century as “to maintain one’s course,” 1830 as “to keep one’s grip on something,” 1846 as an order to wait or stop.  To hold (one’s) tongue “be silent” is from c. 1300.  To hold (one’s) own is from early 14th century.  To hold (someone’s) hand in the figurative sense of “give moral support” is from 1935.  To hold (one’s) horses be patient” is from 1842.  American English; the notion is of keeping a tight grip on the reins.  To have and to hold have been paired alliteratively since at least c. 1200, originally o marriage but also of real estate.  To hold water in the figurative sense “be found or consistent throughout” is from 1620s.


Source: etymonline.com


"Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye."

Heller Keller (1880-1968, author, lecturer, and crusader for the handicap)

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“I am a walking disaster held together with beauty.” 

Bryan McGill (b. 1969, thought leader, lecturer, author, activist, and social entrepreneur)

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"I don't know where my road is going, but I know that I walk better when I hold your hand.” 

Alfred de Musset (Louis-Charles-Alfred de Musset, 1810—1857, French Romantic dramatist and poet, best known for his plays)

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“Let your ambitions fly. Let nothing hold you back.” 

Nabil N. Jamal (author of the book, "Harvest of Change")

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"I have learned that as long as I hold fast to my beliefs and values - and follow my own moral compass - then the only expectations I need to live up to are my own." 

Michelle Obama (b. 44th first lady of the U.S. and wife of President Barack Obama; prior she was a lawyer, Chicago city administrator and community-outreach worker)

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“There would always be dishonorable things done to preserve the honor of any power.” 

Robin Hobb (b. 1952, Margaret Astrid Lindholm Ogden, American writer best known for the books set in the Realm of the Elderlings, which began with the publication of "Assassin's Apprentice, the first book in the Farceur trilogy)

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“You must learn her. You must know the reason why she is silent. You must trace her weakest spots. You must write to her. You must remind her that you are there. You must know how long it takes for her to give up. You must be there to hold her when she is about to. You must love her because many have tried and failed. And she wants to know that she is worthy to be loved, that she is worthy to be kept. And, this is how you keep her.” 

Junot Diaz (b. 1968, Dominican American writer, professor at MIT, fiction editor at the "Boston Review," and the author of "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao," which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2008)

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“I have learned that as long as I hold fast to my beliefs and values – and follow my own moral compass – then the only expectations I need to live up to are my own.”

Michelle Obama


Do you know what your beliefs, principles, and values are?  Do you know what you hold dear?  Do you know what brings you joy?  Have you taken the time to contemplate these questions?  Knowing your belief system is the path to knowing your truth.  When you know, you are liberated, and no longer sign on for sale, and less and less susceptible from being captured and imprisoned by anyone’s agenda or control.

It takes a great deal of time to know ourselves, to develop solid and intimate relationships with what is.  It also takes soulful and sometimes heart-wrenching disciplines to let go of our fake personalities and false identities.  That’s why daily practices of meditation, contemplation and mindfulness are vital.  They are the spiritual somersaults that offer doorways to the real world and to the spaces to co-create.

Hold on tight, sojourners!  Never let go of your divine and hopeful possibilities.

Much Love, Tonya



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