Do you realize that one of the easiest things to do is give up and stop fighting? People find it daunting to work through adversity and prefer the simplicity of not enduring difficult situations. Trust me, I prefer uncomplicated circumstances also, but unfortunately, that is not my reality.
It is inevitable that at some point in your life, you will experience grief, hardship, disappointment, rejection and despair. However, it is imperative amid inopportune moments you rely on your inner strength. Merriam - Webster Online Dictionary defines strength as “the quality or state of being strong: capacity for exertion or endurance.” It also defines inner as “situated farther in.”
In my opinion, inner strength is not something we are born with. It is something created and developed through life experiences. Inner strength is the ability to resist doubt and discouragement. Fannie Lou Hamer said it best, “All my life I’ve been sick and tired. Now I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.” It is when you get to this place that you are in the best position to change your circumstances. Allow your misery to become your motivation and your fear, the foundation on which you can build anew. It is time to take your power back!
4 Ways to Find Your Strength
1. Find Your Peace in Quiet - Technology monopolizes a lot of our “free” time. Eliminate all the possible distractions in your daily activities. Take the necessary time to enjoy the peace you will find during the silence.
2. Have Faith - Reconnect with God. Think of God as a power source that you can plug into when your battery is low. Know that things will get better. Spending time in prayer and meditation will be beneficial to your spirit.
3. Support System- Identify a group of family and friends who will support you. It is imperative to have positive connections and people around who will encourage you and remind you that you are not alone.
4. Self - Acceptance - Let go of who you thought you should be or what you should have accomplished. Take the time to get to know who you truly are and fall in love with yourself.
“STRENGTH does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.’’ Mahatma Gandhi
You are not defined by anything that occurred in your past, but you can make the first step towards a positive future. So, remember the next time the storms of life come your way, go outside and dance in the rain because shortly after that, you will be rewarded with a beautiful rainbow! Life will bring overwhelming situations, but I believe in you and your ability to find the strength to get up again!