Strength wears many faces. One that comes to mind for me is an inner determination, a knowing that one can overcome any obstacle. It’s not flashy. It’s a quiet fortitude of the soul that has been built with time and experience.
If it is true (I believe it is) that adversity builds inner strength, then during the past two years we have been collectively building a veritable arsenal of “strength tools”.
What thoughts, activities, and/or actions have given you strength during these recent particularly stressful times? Your comments may help others who read this post.
An activity that has helped me immensely is walking in nature as much as possible. This may not sound particularly “strength building”, but it does alleviate stress and helps to stop the leaking out of my fortitude, both physical and mental. In essence, it’s my “conservation of strength regimen”.
“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” ~ Albert Camus
“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
“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
“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
“It’s not always necessary to be strong, but to feel strong.” ~ Jon Krakauer
Strength in Adversity © Susan L Hart 2021 | Friendly comments welcome | Photo courtesy Schäferle, Pixabay
Some days I have to surrender to inability, knowing that tomorrow will be a better day – that takes strength.
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VJ, I do know what you mean by this. There were some (thankfully relatively brief) periods of time in my life when my body “betrayed me”. I could not do all the things I wanted or needed to do, for myself and my family. For a “doer” this is hard and it leads to head bashing, which can be a real energy drain. Surrender to “what is in this moment” is a way of conserving one’s energy, and it does take strength to let go. Thanks for your comment!
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