: capacity for exertion or endurance
: power to resist force : solidity, toughness
: power to resist attack : impregnability
: legal, logical or moral force



Strength (n.): Old English strengpu, strengobodily power, force, vigor, firmness, fortitude, manhood, violence, moral resistance,” from Proto-Germanic strangitho (cognates: Old High German strengidastrength”), from Proto-Indo-European, strenk– “tight, narrow,” with Proto-Germanic abstract noun suffix –itho (th).



“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”

Corrie ten Boom (1892-1983, Dutch Christian, who along with her family risked their lives, became members of the Dutch underground resistance movement, and hid Jews and students from Nazi oppression.)

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“We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.”

J.K. Rowling (b. Joanne “Jo” Rowling in 1965; pen names, J.K. Rowling and Robert Galbraith; British novelist, screenwriter, and film producer; best known as the author of the Harry Potter series.)

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“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”

Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, lawyer and preeminent leader of the Indian independence movement in British-ruled India.)

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“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”

Albert Camus (1913-1960, French Nobel Prize-winning philosopher, author, and journalist)

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“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won't either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.”

Louise Erdrich (b. 1954, American writer, novelist, poet; daughter of Chippewa Indian mother and German-American father, she explores major characters representing both sides of her heritage.)

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“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.”

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890, Dutch and one of the most well-known post-Impressionist painter)

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“Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.”

August Wilson (1945-2005, American playwright, best known for writing 10 plays known as The Pittsburgh Cycle, which chronicled the African-American experience, and for which he received two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama.)

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“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.”

J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, British writer, poet, philologist, and university professor; best known as the author of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion)

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“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”

— Corrie ten Boom

Happy New Year, fellow sojourners!

If we haven’t done so already, it’s time to release our worries and fears of last year and create new visions of hope for this year.

A dear friend and brother gifted a pencil and pen set which inscribed this scripture:  “I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” — Jer. 29:11

We are stronger and more prepared to be the divine change-makers we were born to be.   We have more tools and skills to initiate and expand upon our dreams and to be of service.  We just have to believe in the possibilities, the Divine blessings, and loving gifts, open up our arms and receive our divine inheritance, and then put ordinary and inspired actions into play.

The possibilities for our co-creations will be unprecedented, and like all new annuals of this millennia it promises to be an exciting ride, filled with an heightened awareness of joy, challenges, heart-throbbing highs and lows, which will only push us to grow and evolve exponentially.

There’s an inspiriting and beautiful movie called, “Joy” that was released during the holiday.  It’s based upon a true story and a reminder about the blessings of our co-creation process.  Our journeys are not about any one individual’s success, but about our dreams’ ripple effects upon all of us, globally.

So, let’s get to work by building upon our knowable and unknowing strengths, by being bold and digging deep, and asking ourselves the big and small questions.

Are we capable of being kinder, more compassionate and more forgiving in offering mercy to ourselves and to others?

Are we strong, grounded, and centered in ethics, morality, and truth?  Do we have the courage to face and unearth our own lies?   Can we pull from ourselves what are truly authentic, original, unique gifts and share what we find?   Are we spiritual warriors, heroes and heroines, who are strong enough to face our own constructed terrors and fears, the unknown shadow parts of ourselves, and bring what we find to light for our own redemption?

New Earth is a very powerful playground to explore our multi-dimensional capabilities.  Do we have the guts and are we ready to play ball?

Stay strong, my friends, and have a wonderful week.

Yours Truly, Tonya



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