As I was contemplating what to write about today I was thinking about what strength allows us to do or helps us to do, even if we’re not aware of our strength in that area yet. Yes, strength helps you stand your ground, gives you the courage to try new things and makes you stand out in a crowd of average people, but strength is also a power. It’s the power to conquer, to overcome, to be victorious.
In some ways the easy thing to do in life is to just let things go and let others take care of them. To not really care about the impact your ways of living are having on the planet. To let the problems of the world be other people’s problems (it’s not your fault, why should you fix it?). But ultimately that’s a selfish way of living, and until you’re truly and completely self sufficient, it’s inconsiderate of you to believe that everyone should cater to you, and you not reciprocate in any way.
So yes, use your strengths to overcome and be victorious in your life, but then take your skills, abilities, knowledge, and resources and help someone else. Let your strength support someone who’s struggling and bring you both a great victory. There’s really no reason for suffering in the world (aside from the evil that influences the world) with all of the skills, talent and strength that we have as a community.
But the case may be that you need to use some strength in your own life first before you can share your strength with others. So this summer I encourage you to spend time conquering your bad habits, improving your productivity, doing more that fulfills you, growing your relationships and removing from your life stuff and people that are holding you back. What areas of your life are you going to work on being stronger in?