“You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice.” Bob Marley
And to be sure, there are times when being strong really is our only choice. To do otherwise is to give up on ourselves and bow down before whatever assails us. Life does bring days of trouble from time to time, trials that test us, challenges that threaten us. The good news is that we have stored up plenty of strength and resilience. We reach inside of ourselves to summon every ounce of bravery. We work ourselves through the trouble and we come out on the other side.
Having reached the other side, we realize that we have learned some life lessons, we have shown amazing courage and we have emerged stronger than before.
I love the lyrics of this song by Sara Bareilles.
Everybody’s been there,
Everybody’s been stared down by the enemy
Fallen for the fear
And done some disappearing,
Bow down to the mighty . . .
Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly, I wanna see you be brave . . .