We each have
a different kind of strength. Some of us are able to persevere
against hopeless odds. Some are able to see light in a world
of darkness. Some are able to give selflessly with no thought
of return, while others are able to bring a sense of importance into
the hearts of those around them.
But no matter
how we exhibit strength, its truest measure is the calm and certain
conviction with which it causes us to act. It is the ability
to discern the path with heart, and follow it even when at the
moment we might wish to be doing something else.
is not about force, but about conviction. It lives at the
center of belief where fear and uncertainty cannot gain a
foothold. Its opposite is not cowardice and fear, but
confusion, lack of clarity, and lack of sound intention.
does not require an adversary and does not see itself as noble or
heroic. It simply does what it must without praise or need of
A person who
can quietly stay at home and care for an ailing parent is as strong
as a person who can climb a mountain. A person who can stand
up for a principle is as strong as a person who can fend off an
army. They simply have quieter, less dramatic, kinds of