1: to melt down
2: to transmit to another: deliver
3: to give in return or retribution
4: to cause to be or become: make; impart; translate
5: to direct the execution of: administer
6: to apply a coat of plaster or cement directly to



Render (v.): late 14th century, “repeat, say again, ” from Old French rendre “give back, present, yield,” from Latin reddere “give back, return, restore,” from red- “back” + comb, “to give.”

Meaning “hand over, deliver” is recorded from late 14th century; “to return” is attested from late 15th century; meaning “represent, depict” is first attested 1590s.  Irregular retention of er in a french verb in English is perhaps to avoid confusion with native rend or by influence of a Middle English legalese noun render “a payment in rent,” from French noun use of the infinitive.




"Our own self-realization is the greatest service we can render the world."

Ramana Maharishi ( born Venkataraman Iyer, 1879 – 1950, Hindu sage and jivanmukta (a liberated sage), but is most commonly known by the name Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharishi)

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"That a peasant may become king does not render the kingdom democratic."

Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924, a leader of the Progressive Movement and the 28th U.S. President, 1913-1921)

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"Alas, we have not yet the power to render completely sterile or make impossible the errors and lies which will merely be America being itself rather than its unconvincing promise."

Amiri Baraka (born Everett LeRoi Jones in 1934 – 2014, previously known as LeRoi Jones and Imamu Amear Baraka, African-American writer of poetry, drama, fiction essays, and music criticism; the author of numerous books of poetry and taught at several universities)

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"The only service a friend can really render is to keep up your courage by holding up to you a mirror in which you can see a noble image of yourself."

George Bernard Shaw (1856—1950, Irish comic dramatist, literary critic, and socialist propagandist, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925)

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"Our bodies are at once the receiving and transmitting stations for life itself. It is the highest wisdom to recognize this fact and train our bodies to render them sensitive and responsive to nature. art and religion."

Ruth St. Denis ((born Ruth Denis in 1879—1968, American contemporary dance innovator, who influenced almost every phase of American dance)

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“The only service a friend can really render is to keep up your courage by holding up to you a mirror in which you can see a noble image of yourself.” — George Bernard Shaw


It would be nearly impossible to lead meaningful lives without our dear friends.  We need our beloved soul mates to render us with the ability to bring more light into the world, by first loving ourselves and then loving others.

We need friends, especially close comrades, partners, and collaborators, to listen deeply and to witness our humble attempts to magnify love into the world.  We also need them to be there or to understand when challenges appear and tragedies, small and big, unexpectedly occur.

Years ago, I was navigating one of the many professional obstacle courses, as a supervisor was working to undermine my work and making it nearly impossible for me to succeed.   But, despite those small-minded interludes to block my progress, I transcended by rendering empathy into an organization and adopting water’s wisdom to slip around and through every rock and boulder that chose to appear.

Naturally, this didn’t prevent me from being discouraged.  I remembered sitting in my living room, trying to make sense of my new directives when my daughter, Maya, bolted from her bedroom, passed me, and then doubled back, asking, “What’s wrong, Mom?”  I sighed and said, “My responsibilities to manage a team were taken away.”  Pausing a moment, Maya asked, “Did they lower your salary?” Startled, I replied, “No!”

That night, my dear friends, Marcia and Bernadine also called, asking me if everything okay.  Somehow, these friends also intuitively knew, even long distance, that I needed their help.

Sojourners, let’s continue to render love, at all levels of our influence.

Miraculously Love, Tonya





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