…this word can mean many things. In fact, there are nine definitions in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary on the meaning of Strength. But, the Strength I am referring to is that great inner strength we all have when we are faced with adversity or some sort of challenge. What’s most surprising is how completely unaware most of us are of tapping into that great inner Strength when life gets rough, revealing that Strength. To me, Strength is an opportunity to practice Patience, Forgiveness, Compassion, Kindness, and Courage toward ourselves and others when our normal response is to practice Laziness, Blame, Animosity, Hatred, and Fear. It’s an opportunity to understand the lesson that is being taught in order to grow and expand into even more than we already are.


Thorns or Roses


Recently, I have been observing a significant amount of polarity in our world. It seems we either view our world as friendly (with Love) or hostile (with Fear). I even heard a statement, “there is no love in this world.” This statement saddened me. In order to change your hostile, fearful world, it has to start with you, and this scares the hell out of us. What are we so afraid of? As Marianne Williamson wrote in her book A Return to Love, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” Individually and collectively, we have the power to affect everything in and around us. We are powerful enough to love ourselves as well as each other, but we must love who we are first. It’s the same with everything in our lives. If you want respect, you cannot demand to be respected from others, you must respect yourself first. Another quote that seems appropriate here and from Ms. Williamson as well is, “You may believe that you are responsible for what you do, but not for what you think. The truth is that you are responsible for what you think, because it is only at this level that you can exercise choice. What you do comes from what you think.”