Joy and Peace

: the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires : Delight : Gaiety : Bliss
: a state of tranquility or quiet
: freedom from civil disturbance
: harmony in personal relations
: a state or period of mutual concord between governments



Joy (n.): c. 1200, “feeling of pleasure and delight;” c. 1300, “source of pleasure or happiness,” from Old French joie (11c.), from Latin gaudia, “to rejoice.”

Peace (n.): mid-12c., “freedom from civil disorder,” from Anglo-French, pes, ,Old French paisreconciliation, silence, permission,” from Latin “compact, covenent, agreement, treaty, tranquility, absence of war.” (related to pact)



“Laughter is wine for the soul - laughter soft, or loud and deep, tinged through with seriousness - the hilarious declaration made by man that life is worth living.”

Seán O’Casey (1880-1964, Irish dramatist, memoirist, and committed socialist, who was the first Irish playwright of note to write about the Dublin working classes)

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“I don't think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.”

Anne Frank (1929-1945, German teen writer who went into hiding during the Holocaust, journaling her experiences in “The Diary of Anne Frank”)

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“I have drunken deep of joy,
And I will taste no other wine tonight.”

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822, one of the major English Romantic poets, and is regarded by some as among the finest lyric, as well as epic, poets in the English language)

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“One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.”

Helen Keller (1880-1968, American author, political activist, and lecturer, and the first deathblind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree)

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“Don’t Gain The World & Lose Your Soul,
Wisdom is Better Than Silver or Gold.”

Bob Marley (1945-1981, Robert Nest “Bob” Marley, Jamaican reggae singer, song writer, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim)

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“Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything - anger, anxiety, or possessions - we cannot be free.”

Thích Nhát Hanh (b. 1926, age 88, Vietnamese Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet, and peace activist)

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“Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place.”

Rumi (Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, 1207-1273, 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, Islamic scholar, theologian, and Sufi mystic)

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“Some of you say, ‘Joy is greater than sorrow,’ and others say, ‘Nay, sorrow is the greater.’
But I say unto you, they are inseparable.
Together they come, and when one sits alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.”

Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931, Lebanese-American artist, poet, and writer of the New York Pen League)

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“Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.”

Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965, German and later French theologian, organist, philosopher, physician, and medical missionary in African, also known for his historical work on Jesus; he received The Nobel Peace Prize in 1952)

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Doesn’t it feel good to let go of the struggles of the past and allow the new energies of joy and peace to flow within and throughout.

It’s been quite an emotional and intense month. Hasn’t it?

In addition to undergoing a collective spiritual quickening and purification, we are slowly giving birth to a kinder and more loving conscious collective.

Late night talk show host, Stephen Colbert, had as his guest this week Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel, who said that the original concept of his company’s product is that “everyday you are a new person, because we [snapchat] erase your story content.”

That’s so fascinating!

Daily, every individual is given a chance to erase their history and start with a clean slate, not knowing what interests will develop or who or what one may become.

How exciting is that?!

We are developing products that symbolize and parallel the evolution of our consciousness. Of course, it’s thrilling that young brilliant visionaries are leading the charge. But, what is becoming apparent is that we no longer want to carry our past stories or karma as baggage. We want to quickly glean what is useful information, and then synthesize, utilize and move on.

All right now, let’s do this!

But, let us also have fun in the process! 🙂

Exuberantly Yours, Tonya



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