Yesterday I was talking with a dear friend about digging up my inner strength to overcome an issue I am going through right now. I found myself wondering after I hung up the phone; but what is strength? And what characterises it? How should I act if I am being ‘strong’?
Is being outspoken and assertive a characteristic of a strong person? Is being moral and upstanding a prerequisite for someone to be strong? Is strength the ability to go through life untouched? unaffected? unhurt? unbroken?
Or is strength the way in which we handle life’s struggles and dilemmas? is this by which people judge us?
I think strength is belief. Call me a romantic, but I think we were all created strong. We were all created believing in ourselves and in our capabilities. With the right guidance and beliefs, there is no limit to our strength. Strength is often silent, unheard of. Those who are strong are those who do not defend themselves the loudest, or go after their rights with vengeance, and certainly not those who lash out to spite or hurt others.
I think genuine strength is the silent beauty that is forgiveness, patience, tolerance and understanding.
When I think of it this way, I can not help but think that I have a looong way to go before I consider myself a ‘genuinely strong’ person.
What is strength to you?
I end this post with one of Khalil Gibran’s timeless quotes…
“The very strength that protects the heart from injury is the strength that prevents the heart from enlarging to its intended greatness within. The song of the voice is sweet, but the song of the heart is the pure voice of heaven.” Khalil Gibran
(strength, tolerance, pain, forgiveness)