Of the 13 definitions published, these five are highlighted as the most illuminated and inspiring:
to move upward : Ascend
to come into being
to respond warmly : Applaud
to become heartened or elated
to exert oneself to meet a challenge
Rise (v.): Old English risan “to get out of bed; stand up; get up from the table; be fit; be prosper.”
From c. 1200 as “move from a lower to a higher position, move upward; increase in number or amount; prosper; become prominent.” Meaning “come into existence, originate; result (from)” is mid-13th century. From early 14th century as “rebel, revolt;” also “occur, happen, come to pass; take place.”
“But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”
Jesus Christ (Holy Bible, Matthew 5:44)
“Love one another and help others to rise to the higher levels, simply by pouring out love. Love is infectious and the greatest healing energy.”
Sai Baba (1835-1918, Indian spiritual master revered both by Hindu and Muslim devotees during and well after his life. It remains uncertain if he was a Hindu or Muslim himself.)
“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968, American Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian, and 13 years the leader of the American Civil Rights Movement)
“There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.”
Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804, Founding Father of the United States, chief staff aide to General George Washington, major author of the Federalist papers, and the U.S.’s first secretary of the treasury)
“I have lived pain, and my life can tell: I only deepen the wound of the world when I neglect to give thanks to the heavy perfume of wild roses in early July and the song of crickets on summer humid nights and the rivers that run and the stars that rise and the rain that falls and all the good things that a good God gives.”
Ann Voskamp (b. 1973, author of the New York Times Bestseller, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You are)
“When you rise in the morning, form a resolution to make the day a happy one for a fellow creature.”
Sydney Smith (1771-1845, English wit, writer, and Anglican cleric)
“Kites rise highest against the wind – not with it.” — Winston Churchill
If accept Life’s challenges, they will make us stronger. But, that primarily depends on what we are committed to. Will we rise and focus our hearts, thoughts, and actions in love and toward the good of humanity, or will we dip down into the lower realms of despair, violence, and indifference?
We have to look after each other and put real love, unconditional love, into action by being kind, compassionate, and forgiving at every level and in every possible way.
How do we do this? By refusing to accept violence in any form, directly or indirectly.
A couple of years ago I had the privilege to see Arun Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, speak at two separate venues, one at a university and another at a church.
Arun Gandhi said when he was a young boy of 11 or so his grandfather summoned him from South Africa to live with him in India. He was a very angry young boy at the time.
While Arun lived with Mahatma Gandhi, his grandfather gave him the assignment to list out large, on his bedroom wall, the acts of violence he committed each day, directly and indirectly.
After a while, the young Arun Gandhi began to see his lists grew longer through his indirect violent acts.
Do we have the courage to look at the violent acts we commit every day? Did we gossip or speak ill of others? Did we cut someone office in traffic? Did we ignore or belittle another human being?
Deepak Chopra wrote, “The outer world is just a reflection of your inner world.” If we are to transform our world for the better we each have to do our part in healing ourselves.
How do we rise up, especially during these challenging times?
We hold on to the love as if our lives depend on it, and we reach for every light wave particle and loving connection that moves through our lives. We do our inner work, commit fully to love, and give up our addictions to violence.
As Always, Faithfully Yours, Tonya