1: to devote serious effort or energy: endeavor
2: to struggle in opposition: contend



Strive (v.): c. 1200, “quarrel, contend,” from Old French estriver “to quarrel, dispute, resist, struggle, put up a fight, compete,” from estrifestrit “quarrel” (related to: strife).  It became a strong verb (past tense strove) by rhyming association with drivedive, etc.  Meaning “try hard” is from early 14th century.



“If you are going through hell, keep going” 

Winston Churchill (1874-1965, historian, writer, statesman, prime minister of England, and recipient of The Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953)

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“In this world, you only get what you grab for.”

Giovanni Boccaccio (1313—1375, Italian poet and scholar, best remembered as the author of "Decameron;" help laid the foundations for the humanism of the Renaissance)

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“Great struggles make for great stories.” 

Sanober Khan (Mumbai-based writer and author of "Turquoise Silence")

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“Our toil must be in silence, and our efforts all in secret; for this enlightened age, when men believe not even what they see, the doubting of wise men would be his greatest strength.” 

Bram Stroker (1847-1912, Irish writer and theater manager, best known for writing, "Dracula")

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“The tests we face in life's journey are not to reveal our weaknesses but to help us discover our inner strengths. We can only know how strong we are when we strive and thrive beyond the challenges we face.” 

Kemi Sogunle (writer, author, and certified professional life coach)

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"Don't worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition." 

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, U.S. 16th president who issued the Emancipation Proclamation that declared forever free those slaves within the Confederacy in 1863)

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“I was taught to strive not because there were any guarantees of success but because the act of striving is in itself the only way to keep faith with life.”

Madeleine K. Albright (1937, diplomat and the first woman to serve of the U.S. Secretary of State)

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"It is in vain to expect our prayers to be heard, if we do not strive as well as pray."

Aesop (620 – 564 BCE, Greek fabulist and story teller credited with a number of fables now collectively known as Aesop's Fables)

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“If you are going through hell, keep going”

Winston Churchill


We all have been through hell, because we have suffered to one degree or another.  That’s the one thing we have in common.  We share this human trait and capacity to be ensnared by challenging circumstances.  This is a universal truth.

On the other side of spectrum, what’s unique is our individual life purposes.  We each have a soul mission, a platform to contribute something beneficial to our collective world.

At first, our world may not be ready to understand our contributions or who we are as contributors.  Actually, most most masters (and “Wild Cards”) are often misunderstood and ridiculed.  These have included: Albert Einstein, Leonard Da Vinci, William Blake, Eleanor Roosevelt, Harriet Tubman, Nicholai Tesla, Doris Day, Steve Jobs… fortunately and thankfully, the list goes on and on and on.

As is Heaven is welcome, Hell is also needed.  Believe it or not, the experience of being hell forces us to wake up and to fight back, that is if we want to survive the ordeals.  These shadowy dimensions, I believe, were designed to shake our souls and force us to strive for higher states of mind and deeper levels of consciousness.  In short, suffering initiates search for creative levels of Heaven.

Are we able to look back at our “dark nights of the soul” nights with deep gratitude, much appreciation, and in awe of our resurrection and transformation?  It’s in our striving, desire, and expectation.

Keep moving forward, sojourners, despite our perceived hellish episodes.

Faithfully Yours, Tonya




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