Not too long ago I shared a poem from an unknown author about the difference between strength and courage. It is very inspiring. Many of us think of strength and courage as being similar, but in my experience their essence and their impact are very different.
To make this really resonate, take a moment and ask yourself these two questions as I did:
- What is the strongest thing you have ever done?…..
When I think of the answer .. words that come up for me are willpower, tenacity, stick-to-it-ness, pushing, driving, reaching, perseverance, battle through, grit, not caving in … acts of will.
- What is the most courageous thing you have ever done? …..
When I think of the answer … its all about facing my own fears… being vulnerable… opening my heart.
The most courageous people I know are curious, compassionate, accepting, forgiving and open. They have gone through many highs and many deep lows of life and found their Middle Ground to nourish, replenish and inspire themselves and others. They are life’s thrivers.
Strength strengthens and often reinforces the existing structure.
The strongest people I know are single minded, headstrong, know what is right, are somewhat inflexible and usually intense. They have persevered through the highs and lows of life yet find it hard to connect to their own Middle Ground and a sense of peace. They are life’s survivors.
Bring courage and strength together however, and we can change not only ourselves, but the world.