Strength and Courage

I believe that strength and courage go hand in hand. I even composed a quote years ago that touched on this very belief. It is as follows: “Have the strength to use the courage you have within, and have the courage to use your strength when it’s needed”.

Strength and courage can find and take many shapes throughout our lifetime. It doesn’t necessarily speak to physical strength or courage in the face of dangers. It could be those situations, but also any number of others. You could be at any number of crossroads where you may need one or both of these attributes. It could be a geographic change that you may be facing, a job or career change, a relationship or personal matter that may have you concerned, worried about, or struggling with. It could be literally anything at all. See, that is where the tricky part comes in. If it was easy we wouldn’t need either strength or courage. We always need to try to stay very much in tune with what is happening in our lives and what we are dealing or struggling with. Sometimes the easiest thing is not always the best thing and sometimes the gut can be wrong. Sometimes we just need the strength and courage to follow our heart and trust where it will take us. That can be a very rough road at times, but I will tell you that, many times, it will all be worth it in the end. Stay the course. Keep your chin up, an eye on the horizon, and the better times will come and be oh so worth it. I recently compose another quote that states: “A heart is never to damaged to follow”. Recently, I have come to realize how true that statement is. Our hearts get damaged, broken, and scarred over the years. That is part of life. What we have to do, is to try to not let those fears and scars from the past, dictate our future paths. If something feels right, do it. If it doesn’t, don’t. Its not always that simple, but it is usually a good place to start.

There is no question that life can get crazy and really suck at times, but it will not be that way forever. People will come and go as well from your life. Trying to realize which ones are worth you needing to hold on to and fight to keep in your life versus if they were just meant to teach you a lesson can be so very taxing. It can take a great deal of strength to weather some of those storms as well. Nothing in life is a straight line to where you need to be. The twists, turn, trials, and hurdles always find a way of telling us and directing us where to go and weeding out the unnecessary things and people. We just have to see it and find the strength and courage to tackle those obstacles as they come. The right people and opportunities will stay in the fold and be there until we finally realize that it is where we were being directed all along. We just don’t always see it at first. It’s funny how that is sometimes. I am a very firm believer that everything happens for a reason. Relationships, friendships, and life events. They are all placed in our paths for a reason. To prepare us for the great things that will be presented to us! If it wasn’t for all of the struggles, hardships, and scars, we wouldn’t truly appreciate the great things when they do come to us.

You may be asking yourself by now, “What does all of this have to do with strength and courage”? That is pretty simple. Simply put, life is hard and will chew us up and spit us out like nothing if we let it. Life doesn’t care. It just wants us to get to where we were meant to be no matter the cost or toll it takes on us. Making it through all of that takes a great deal of strength and courage to endure. Some of us have tougher lives than others. That makes us have to be that much more strong and courageous to withstand it all. However, nobody has an”easy” life. If they tell you the do, they are lying.  So as I said before “Have the strength to use the courage you have within, and have the courage to use your strength when it’s needed”. Make the hard choices. Stay the course. Be patient. It will all unfold and be worth it in the end!

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