1: to endure bravely or quietly: bear
2 (a): advocate; (b): assist, help; (c): corroborate
3 (a): to pay the cost: maintain; (b): to provide a basis for the existence or subsistence of
4 (a): to hold up or serve as a foundation or prop for; (b): to maintain (a price) at a desire level by purchases or loans
5: to keep from fainting, yielding, or losing courage: comfort
6: to keep (something) going




Support (v.): late 14th century, “to aid,” also “to hold up, prop up, put up with, tolerate,” from Old French suporterto bear, endure, sustain, support,” from Latin supportareconvey, carry, bring up, bring forward,” from subup from under” + portareto carry” (related to: port).




“Let me fall. Do not stop me from falling. Just be there to help me get up if I need you.”

Sima Mittal (Indian- Tanzania writer and author of the book, “Doing the Right Thing Isn’t Always Easy”)

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“If you want to support others you have to stay upright yourself.”

Peter Høeg (born 1957, Danish writer of fiction, which novels include: “Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow” and “Borderliners”)

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“It judged indecent in me to come forward on this occasion; but when I see a fellow-creature about to perish through the cowardice of her pretended friends, I wish to be allowed to speak, that I may say what I know of her character.”

Mary Shelley (1797-1851, English author, short story writer, skilled editor, critic, influential travel writer, and historian; best known for being the author of one greatest Gothic novels, “Frankenstein”; also recognized as the wife of Percy Bysshe Shelley and daughter of the radical writer Mary Wollstonecraft and well-known novelist and political philosopher, William Godwin)

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“No person, trying to take responsibility for her or his identity, should have to be so alone. There must be those among whom we can sit down and weep, and still be counted as warriors.”

Adrienne Rich (1929-2012, poet and essay, one of America’s foremost public intellectuals; her career spanned seven decades.)

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“Many of my movies have strong female leads- brave, self-sufficient girls that don't think twice about fighting for what they believe with all their heart. They'll need a friend, or a supporter, but never a savior. Any woman is just as capable of being a hero as any man.”

Hayao Miyazaki (b. 1941, one of Japan’s greatest animation directors; best known for creating “Princess Mononoke”)

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“Conservatives believe in the ties that bind us. Society is stronger when we make vows to each other and we support each other. I don’t support gay marriage in spite of being a conservative. I support gay marriage because I am a conservative.”

David Cameron (b. 1966, British Prime Minister since 2010, Leader of its Conservative Party and Member of the Parliament for Whitney)

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“What is home? My favorite definition is ‘a safe place,’ a place where one is free from attack, a place where one experiences secure relationships and affirmation. It's a place where people share and understand each other. Its relationships are nurturing. The people in it do not need to be perfect; instead, they need to be honest, loving, supportive, recognizing a common humanity that makes all of us vulnerable.”

Gladys M. Hunt (b. 1926-2010, author of “Honey for a Child’s Heart: The Imaginative Use of Books in Family Life”)

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“No person, trying to take responsibility for her or his identity, should have to be so alone. There must be those among whom we can sit down and weep, and still be counted as warriors.”

— Adrienne Rich

We all need support.  We need contemplative time and solitude as well, but we definitely need healthy and playful camaraderie.  We were not engineered to do our lives alone.  We need the backing and encouragement from others, particularly those members of our soul family who understand us with very little or explanation.

We also need each other’s wisdoms, insights, and perspectives. Without such diversity inspired from all creations our lives would be flat and opaque, without dimensions, boring and mundane.

We journeyed here to have a collective adventure, to lean on each other in creative endeavors, but also in times of distress, challenges, and spiritual warfare.

Yeah, sometimes we don’t get it perfect, and sometimes we fail miserably.  But, that’s okay too.  The fun is also in seeing who shows up through the valleys and our ascensions.

Be well, my fellow journey women and men.

Much Love, Tonya


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