: a large piece of metal, wood, etc., carried by someone (such as a soldier or police officer) for protection
: something that defends or protects someone or something
: a police officer’s badge



Shield (n.) Old English scield, scildshield; protector, defense,” literally “board,” from Proto-Germanic skelduz, from skel-divide, split, separate,” from Proto-Indo-European root (s)kel-to cut” (related to: scale). Perhaps the notion is of a flat piece of wood made by splitting a log. Shield volcano (1911) translates German Schildvulkan (1910).



“I always knew I was different and that people had opinions about me. I guess I learned as best as I can to shield out a lot and live my life from within.”

Matisyahu (b. Matthew Paul Miller, Jewish American reggae vocalist, beatboxer, and alternative rock musician)

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“Perfectionism is not the same thing as striving to be our best. Perfectionism is not about healthy achievement and growth; it’s a shield.”

Brené Brown (storyteller and research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social work, who has spent the past thirteen years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame)

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“Your spirit is the true shield.”

Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969, founder of the Japanese martial art of Aikido, and often referred to as the “Great Teacher”)

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“The superior man is the providence of the inferior. He is eyes for the blind, strength for the weak, and a shield for the defenseless. He stands erect by bending above the fallen. He rises by lifting others.”

Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899, American politician and orator, best known as “the great agnostic,” who popularized criticism of the Bible and scientific rationalism)

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“Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings.”

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross (1926-2004, Swiss-born psychiatrist, a pioneer of near-death studies, and author of the groundbreaking book, “On Death and Dying”)

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“Humor has always been important to me. If there is a shield of faith that you can keep up against difficulties, humor is the Teflon coating.”

Laurel Lea (1942-1992, born as Lorraine May Chapman, Australian pop singer of the late 1950s and early 1960s)

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“Every morning is a battle between the superego and the id, and I am a mere foot soldier with mud and a snooze button on her shield.”

Catherynne M. Valente (b. 1979, New York Times bestselling author of fantasy and science fiction novels, short stories, and poetry)

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“Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings.”

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross


Our challenging journeys are as important as our happy adventures.  Life generously offers a spectrum of colorful experiences and challenging events.

On our new Earth there are no exceptions.  We can shield ourselves as best we can from predicted storms and hurricanes. But, when unforeseen or even foreseen circumstances creep up on us we must stay vigilante in standing strong and looking the opposition in the eye with love and compassion.

It feels like this presidential campaign has gone on for eons.  The runoff of the amount of venom and negativity may be, unfortunately, with it us for sometime.

In Shawn Achor’s book, “The Happiness Advantage,” he writes of The Losado Line, a mathematical modeling of 2.9013, created business consultant Marcial Losado.  That ratio states that it takes about three positive experiences to combat the effects of one negative comment.

Gosh! Look at all that we have thrown at each other.  How much hate, racism, fear, and rage we tried to project on to one another.

There has to be a better way to combating evil.  I can’t help but think of Dr. Martin King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Thich Nhat Hanh, and so many other nonviolent peacemakers who stood up for truth with love, dignity, honor, and quiet strength, not speaking ill of their opponents, but challenging instead the powerful institutions that created the divisiveness in the first place.

Maybe, there’s a silver lining in these last 18 months. Perhaps this presidential campaign was literally a platform for our nation to exorcise our demons, to purify our thoughts, and to transform what’s been buried deep in the ground and in our hearts and souls for so long.

We can do better, because we are capable of creating more good than evil and more life than death!

Personally, I am looking for the baby steps I can continue to take as a world citizen, a woman of color, and mother to bring more peace and happiness to this world.

Please do so as well, sojourners!  Our world needs your light and your love!

Faithfully Yours, Tonya






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