We have all had those moments in our lives in which we relied on our “strength” to get us through.

I can recall numerous times when I needed to pull myself up and continue despite the pain I was experiencing, especially emotionally. I didn’t view myself as being strong. I simply did exactly what I needed to do to keep going, to be fully alive, and to honor my commitments to myself and others. For someone else, strength may involve enduring a painful relationship or even getting out of one.

Even those who have experienced horrific conditions, report having survived in part because they felt no one could take their spirit. It is as though the person locks into a life force reserve that guides them through the treacherous time. They are able to hold onto something beyond the current fear to a future vision of peace and safety.

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.” –Ambrose Redmoon

Something beyond the fear guides us, allowing us to be both present yet a witness in the moment, attached to our safe outcome.

When you encounter difficult circumstances, how might you remain strong?

  • In moments when you know to your core that you belong or don’t belong, remain true to yourself;
  • Practice forgiveness, let go of the past, and focus on shared future;
  • Let go of behaviors that do not serve you;
  • Be still and remain patient;
  • Trust and act on what you know;
  • Know that change may be a catalyst for growth.

What gives you strength?

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