Typically, when we hear the term ‘strength‘ we associate it with physical abilities and attributes. However, over the years after going through different experiences some good and others rather challenging, I’ve learnt that strength is so much more than just a physical thing.
What do I mean?
Well, during my difficult moments it was my strength of mind, spirit and family that helped me overcome those not so sunny days. Let me explain.
- Strength of mind – this is when we know who we are and no longer allow self-doubt or negative people to have control over our thoughts and emotions.
- Strength of spirit – this is where our faith and our beliefs come in. It is in times of adversity that this strength once nurtured and developed can help bring us through those tough periods in our lives. Without it, we are like sheep among wolves.
- Strength of family – this strength is often overlooked. The love, support and encouragement of family is so important in our lives. They usually rally around us in our time of need. They usually stand by us through the good and the bad times. Those of us who don’t have families like that may still be blessed with a few individuals in our lives that we have formed very close and strong bonds with who over the years have become your family. This is just as significant.
These three aspects of my life have made such a difference in the outcome of various events in my life that I will forever be grateful. So, am I strong? YES, in every area of my life that matters most to ME.
Am I going to have challenging moments in my life from time to time? Yes! Why? Being strong in those areas does not mean we won’t have issues or challenges. Those strengths just mean we would be better able to cope with the obstacles than individuals who have not developed those areas yet.
We use food and exercise to strengthen our bodies but how do we go about strengthening our mind and spirit?
Some things we can do to strengthen those areas include:
- Through prayer.
- Reading and trying to understand the scripture. I understand that this can be a bit challenging as we would not always understand everything we read but I believe if we trust and ask God to open our minds and hearts to what he needs us to see and be he would point the way.
- Paying attention to what we put in and what we allow those around us to contribute.
- Be mindful of the people we surround ourselves with as negative energy breathes negativity.
- Take control of our thoughts.
- Facing our truths whatever they maybe and choosing to understand, learn and move forward.
- Practice forgiveness. Not just for those persons who have wronged us but ourselves. We are often very tough on ourselves.
- Practice self-love. I believe that even with our imperfections we are still worth love and appreciation.
I’m merely sharing my experience. I can only tell you what has helped me. Strength is God’s gift to each of us. Are you prepared and willing to tap into yours?
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