1: one that blazes a trail to guide others: pathfinder
2: pioneer



Trailblazer (n.): by 1893, from trail + agent noun from blaze.

Trail (n.): early 14th century, “trailing part of a robe, gown, etc.,” from trail (v.).  The meaning “track or smell left by a person or animal” is also from 1580s.  Meaning “path or track worn in wilderness” is attested from 1807.  Trail of Tears in reference to the U.S. government’s brutally incompetent Cherokee removal of 1838-9 attested by 1908.

Blaze (n.): “bright flame, fire,” Old English blaese “a torch, flame, firebrand, lamp,” from Proto-Germanic blas- “shining, white,” from Proto-Indo-European root bhel- “to shine, flash, burn” (related to: bleach).



"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist, philosopher, and preacher)

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“First they will laugh... after that they will either deny or follow you.”

Kushiro Shoko (writer)

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“It is always painful to set one's self against tradition, especially against the conventions & prejudices that hedge about womanhood.”

Helen Keller (1880-1968, American educator, social activist, journalist, and co-founder of the ACLU)

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“Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road.” 

Voltaire (pen name of François-Marie d'Arouet, 1694–1778, French writer and public activist who played a singular role in defining the eighteenth-century movement called the Enlightenment)

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"I saw myself as a trailblazer in the 1980s as a female lawyer in the City. It was exciting, as women were outnumbered by men five to one. But while I had this sense of trailblazing, in reality, I wasn't pushing boundaries; it was just a personal myth I'd created, as I was doing a job I wasn't enjoying."

Michelle Paver (b. 1960, British novelist and children's writer, known for the fantasy series, "Chronicles of Ancient Darkness,” set in pre-agricultural Stone Age Europe)

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“Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road.”


We are nation of innovators and trailblazers of new ideas.  But, before we can accept new masters of the universe, those who think different from ourselves, our current cultural nature is to ostracize and make fun of the “other.”  That’s unfortunate, because that tends to speak to our spiritual and moral immaturity and our tendency to judge others by our limited and biased viewpoints.

Most of us create patterns to delineate ourselves from other people in hopes of making ourselves feel special.  Because most of us still dwell in this survivor-mode consciousness, where we have little faith that we are protected and safe from harm.   The echo of tribal warfare is still our background noise.

Our culture promotes insecurity and fear, giving us cause to toe the line, condone the status quo, and be addicted to  stuff.

Somehow, we must reach for those things and events that bring us more joy and fulfillment in our lives.  This will ultimately birth innovative thinking and creations out of the ordinary.  We also should have conversations with others that are different from ourselves.  This will give us the abilities to discern the universal themes that exists between us all and give us opportunities to group-think and increase creativity.

Sojourners, let us be fearless trailblazers of not only of new paths and ideas, but also new conscious acts of kindness!

Much Love, Tonya







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