: to push against with force in order to drive or impel
: to cause to increase : raise
: to try to move beyond or expand
: to press or urge forward to completion
: to press forward energetically against opposition
: to exert oneself continuously, vigorously, or obtrusively to gain an end

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Push (v.): early 14th century, from Old French poulser (Modern French pousser), from Latin pulsareto beat, strike,” frequentative of peller (past participle pulsus) “to drive, beat, throb” (related to pulse). Meaning “promote” is from 1714; meaning “approach a certain age” is from 1937.

To push (someone) around is from 1923. To push (one’s) luck is from 1754. To push the envelope in figurative sense is late 1980s. To push up daisesbe dead and buried” is from World War I.

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“Love won’t be tampered with, love won’t go away. Push it to one side and it creeps to the other.”

Louise Erdrich (b. 1954, an Ojibwe writer of 14 novels, volumes of poetry, short stories and children’s books, and a memoir of early motherhood. Her novel, The Round House, won the 2012 National Book Award. She lives in Minnesota, owns the bookstore Birchbark Books, and is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, a band of the Anishinaabe.)

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“You must not for one instant give up the effort to build lives for yourselves. Creativity means to push open the heavy, groaning doorway to life.”

Daisaku Ikeda (b. 1928, Buddhist philosopher, peacebuilder, educator, writer, poet, and anti-nuclear activist; served as the third president of the Soka Gakkai, Japan’s largest and most diverse international lay Buddhist association.)

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“Difficult times disrupt your conventional ways of thinking and push you to forge better habits of thought, performance and being.”

Robin S. Sharma (b. 1965, Canadian writer, speaker, leadership expert, and former litigation lawyer)

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“My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength.”

Michael Jordan (b. 1963, American former professional basketball player who led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championship and won the Most Valuable Player Award five times; businessman, and principal owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets)

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“Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A world of optimism and hope. A ‘you can do it’ when things are tough.”

Richard M. DeVos (b. 1926, American businessman and co-founder of direct-selling giant Amway and owner of the Orlando Magic NBA basketball team; purchased a minority stake in the Chicago Cubs in 2015.)

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“We know we need bosses and deadlines to help us get work done. But sometimes we can also use an external push to make us have a good time. In both cases, our future self will appreciate the help.”

Virginia Postrel (b. 1960, American author, columnist, speaker whose works spans a broad range of topics, from social science to fashion, concentrating on the intersection of culture and commerce.)

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“Difficult times disrupt your conventional ways of thinking and push you to forge better habits of thought, performance and being.”

— Robin S. Sharma

Ever since we entered the new millennium we have experienced some very challenging times.  Every year, we are pushed to expand our consciousness and awareness to become more creative and more loving in spite of our personal circumstances and world events.

Creativity and love are linked.  Fear cuts us off from the loving creative flow, and it forces us back into survival mode and into suspending global unity of unconditional love and unconditional forgiveness.

Personally, I struggle sometimes with the paradox of being, all at once, open and protective.  Naturally, when circumstances are going well and my emotions are balanced I can master this dance with grace.  I am authentic and vulnerable, but still able to protect myself through discernment and wisdom.  My mind is relaxed and kismet is clear.  However, when events shift into unexpected directions uncertainty can sometimes lead me to bewilderment.

Maybe that’s what is happening for us collectively.  Fear is pushing us to second-guess if we are equipped to protect ourselves.  But, we do have the tools not only to foresee danger, but also to be creative and to think outside of the box.  These important spiritual keys can open the doors to our expanded states of being, fortifying, strengthening, and emboldening us to bravely support the world’s loving resistance by making commitments first to ourselves and then to each other.

Stay authentic, my friends, always be true.

Much Love, Tonya



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