Sources of Strength

There is a great deal of sadness in the world, but there is also strength. People give strength, nature gives strength, music, art, thunderstorms–strength.

One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times. The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up flares, builds signal fires, causes proper matters to catch fire. To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these — to be fierce and to show mercy toward others; both are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity. Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it. If you would help to calm the tumult, this is one of the strongest things you can do.” —Clarissa Pinkola Estes 

Giving when we feel empty is a paradox of peace. Even if we can’t see our light, our strength, others can.

“The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
The more he gives to others,
the more he has for his own.” –Lao Tzu

I will go through a random search about grief, or fear, or strength and find things that stick to me at that moment. There are dark times when all of these sayings and websites seem cliche and pointless. But I keep searching.

“You make a living by what you get; you make a life by what you give.”

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'” —Eleanor Roosevelt

Ain’t THAT the truth.

I am making myself go out tonight. I don’t necessarily want to go but it’s what people do is isn’t it? I’m quite the hermit, and have no problem staying home 24/7. But a friend is in a band and I bet if I go out and support their art, I’ll feel a little stronger.

Find strength. Share it.

Any sites or quotes that help you when you need strength? Please add them in the comments.

Tell me what YOU think, please.

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