The word strength, as defined by the Webster's dictionry is power or "the quality or state of being strong" source. In school I always learned that you can't define a word with another form of the word so I looked up both power and strong. Power came up as, "possession of control, authority, or influence over others" source while some definitions of strong came up as "having moral or mental power" and "not easily captured or overcome" source.
Strength is someone who continues to fight back, not physically, but mentally to be happy again. Someone who shares their story with others in hopes that they can be just as strong (even if that person doesn't realize just how strong they are). Power comes into play in the influences they are putting out. To share the deep seeded feelings has to be the hardest part of being strong. Someone who states that they are fine, good, ok, are not the ones who show strength, it is those who tell you they are sad, that they are working hard and that they are fighting to be happy again. Someone that shows the feelings they have inside their heart even if it is aching.
This post was inspired by someone who makes me realize just what strength is everyday. Someone who I think of on a daily basis who is going through life becoming a stronger person every single day even if it isn't always the easy thing to do. She could have given up on her dreams but she calls a truce ("a short rest especially from something unpleasant" source) every single day and works hard for what she believes in, in her career, her family and her personal relationships with friends. She always gives advice or a helping hand and cares so deeply for those that she loves.
I am purposely not mentioning who this post is about or for because I don't think that a "shoutout" is necessary. I think that the simple message, when times are the hardest, strength may seem the least but that is when it is the most abundant, gets the idea accross. Also, make sure to take a moment to notice the strength in those around you today.
I will leave you with two of my favorite quotes:
"If you're feeling low, don't despair. The sun has a sinking spell every night, but it comes back up every morning." -annonymous
"I think about you constantly, whether it's with my mind or my heart." -Albany Bach Reid