- “Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks. Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle, but you shall be the miracle.” ~Phillips Brooks
To be strong is to be powerful. The use of this power, however, can become effective or efficient in a specific direction, only if it is combined with courage and wisdom.
Strength embodies many attributes like :-
- Physical power, derived form muscular vigor.
- Tenacity, meaning power to exert, resist and endure.
- Toughness, implying great firmness and resilience.
- Character i.e. moral, spiritual and intellectual power.
These are inherent human assets and resources(strong points)that can make us striking or superior in a particular way. But, we cannot be strong and powerful all the time and we are usually aware of this fact. So, do ask yourself a simple question: Now that I have confided in myself about my strong points and I know what is right about my attitude, Why dont I also confess my biggest short comings?
I think there is something therapeutic to be gained by being a little more honest about your weaknesses and short-comings. If nothing else at least you will know where there is room for improvement, especially in your moments of crisis and need.
Courage is not overcoming fear, but rather it is standing on ground, inspite of it. It is a disgrace to refuse to rise above fear. No-one ever failed because he was afraid; he only fails in life because he does nothing about his fear and not display courage. Fear arises from lack of knowledge and uncertainty. Knowledge and certainty are important as they help us find courage and determination. But we must add a deep dedication and conviction to knowledge and understanding, to destroy fear and tip the balance in a positive way.
Courage needs to be combined with confidence. A person must be knowledgeable and enthusiastic in order to have courage, but he must accomplish and experience in order to gain confidence. The world makes way for the person who says “I CAN, BECAUSE, I KNOW I CAN”. A person must have the character and self-discipline and wisdom to withstand success. Our confidence naturally grows with our successful experiences.
When faced with problems you must add a little wisdom and a lot more courage, to your actions in order to achieve you ultimate objective.
Remember, that all those people, young and old, who have been rewarded for bravery and recognized for merit in times of battle and crisis situation, were ordinary people like you and me. They were fully conscious of their inherent strengths and their best came out in terms of courage and confidence in their hour of testing and reckoning, which made their timely and forceful actions, so very memorable-for themselves and for others.
Our problems must not be allowed to dampen our resolve and shake our confidence in ourselves.
If we try to analyze, we will find that our problems are normally of three types:
- Tragedies– There are problems which we are confronted with because of the situation which is beyond our or anybody else’s control. eg. accidents, environmental calamities. We have to accept it and move on. We can only pray for strength to get over it quickly. We must never forget that God and the Universe always makes up in the end and have their beautiful ways of granting compensations.
- Trial and Tribulations– Often there are problems that are created for us by other people, who might have some kind of petty issue with you eg. jealousy etc. Such problems we have to handle boldly and forcefully. For this we must muster all our courage to resolve the situation more positively to our benefit. Courage knows no bounds. It might be hard, but SO doable.
- Self Created Problems– Most of the time the problems we are faced with are of our own making. These can be handled and solved very effectively and quickly provided we get to the root cause and come to grips with them. Soon we will be pleasantly surprised as to how easily everything got sorted out. We need to use our wisdom, more than anything else to find a solution to our self created problems. This requires self discipline.
Know your strength, find your courage and discover your wisdom. These are your powers.
Dreams are realized, not by mere wishful thinking, but by pursuing your ambitions with all the powers that you possess, and can muster.
“Ah, great it is to believe the dream as we stand in youth by the starry stream; but a greater thing is to fight life through and say at the end, the dream is true! “~Edwin Markham
What about you…Do you know your strength? Have you found your courage? Have you discovered your wisdom?
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