archaic: the source or cause from which something arises
2(a): that from which a copy, reproduction, or translation is made; (b): a work composed firsthand
3(a): a person of fresh initiative or inventive capacity; (b): a unique or eccentric person


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Original (n.): “original text,” late 14th century, from Medieval Latin original; of photographs, films, sound recordings, etc., from 1918

Original (adj.): early 14th century, “first in time, earliest,” from Old French original “first” (13th century) and directly from Latin originalis, from originembeginning, source, birth,” from oriri to rise,” from Proto-Indo-European ergh-to rise, mount” (related to orchestra).  The first reference is in original sininnate depravity of man’s nature,” supposed to be inherited from Adam in consequence of the Fall.


Source: etymonline.com


“Ingenuity is the ability to solve difficult problems, often in an original and creative way.” 

Pearl Zhu (author of "Talent Master: 199+ Questions to See Talent From Different Angles" and "Digital Master"; and has more than 21 years of technical and business working experience in Information Technology, E-commerce, international trading, etc.)

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"If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original.” 

Ken Robinson (b. 1957, British author, educator, and creativity expert, wrote, "The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything")

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“Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void but out of chaos.” 

Mary Shelley (1797—1851, English Romantic novelist, best known as the author of "Frankenstein")

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“Life is like that...sometimes you have to peel off the bitterness in order to get to the part that is sweet.” 

Ken Poirot (financial advisor, scientist, and author of "Mentor Me")

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“I am the one thing in life I can control. I am inimitable; I am an original. I'm not falling behind or running late. I'm not standing still: I am lying in wait.” 

Lin-Manuel Miranda (b. 1980, composer, lyricist, performer, 2015 recipient of the MacArthur Award, and the 2016 recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for "Hamilton" on Broadway)

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“Once conform, once do what other people do because they do it, and a lethargy steals over all the finer nerves and faculties of the soul. She becomes all outer show and inward emptiness; dull, callous, and indifferent.” 

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941, Adeline Virginia Stephen, English writer and novelist, "who had nonlinear approaches to narrative, exerted a major influence on the genre")

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Originality and a feeling of one's own dignity are achieved only through work and struggle.”

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881, "Russian novelist and short-story writer whose psychological penetration into the darkest recesses of the human heart, together with his unsurpassed moments of illumination, had an immense influence on 20th-century fiction.")

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“I am the one thing in life I can control. I am inimitable; I am an original. I’m not falling behind or running late. I’m not standing still: I am lying in wait.”

Lin-Manuel Miranda


How wise is the notion of “lying in wait.”  But, what are we waiting for?  In most of our cases, we are awaiting the information, inspiration, and revelations.  However, this doesn’t come about by hurrying through life and chasing our tails.

Ingenuity happens when we are at peace with ourselves, and when we developed those spiritual practices that allow us to create the space, however so small, in between our rambling thoughts and above our cultural noise.

This can be achieved with a number of pathways that connect the mind, body, and spirit.  We can be enlightened through meditation, contemplation, prayer, exercise, art, music, etc., or any practice the places us in The Flow.   Peace of mind, body, and spirit can also come through reading, writing, art, spirituality, music, dance, storyteller, comedy, nature, etc.  It’s can also come about by challenging ourselves.

A great deal of our joy and happiness depends on our ability to know and be our original selves, as well as to know how we create and what makes us curious.

For me, there’s nothing more pleasing than to see original art.  I had the honor last night along with a friend to see a 90-minute art performance piece at Rollins College called “Pietá” by Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz.  This artist held 33 people of every shape, color, and age in her arms for few minutes and then released them reluctantly to the sound of sirens.  It was an extraordinary original piece on grief, love, and redemption.  For me, it was the best of all that I love and what inspires me: art, music, and spirituality.

In this particular art piece, we all had to lie in wait to fully understand the depths of Ms. Raimundi-Ortiz’s performance.  For all of us who stuck it out, from the beginning to the end, we were somehow liberated because of her sacrifice and original gift, participants and spectators alike.

Sojourners, let’s continue to reach and stretch, not only ourselves, but each other!

Faithfully Yours, Tonya






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