About being brave and strong

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I reflected on a couple of WordPress suggested topics about bravery and strength. Do they go together? Let’s look at the dictionary definitions from the Compact Oxford English Dictionary.

  • strong: physically powerful; done with or exerting great force; able to withstand great force or pressure; secure, stable or firmly established; great in power, influence or ability to be brave: to face and to endure danger, pain or difficulty; endure or face unpleasant conditions  with courage.
  • brave: to face and endure danger, pain or difficulty; endure or face unpleasant conditions with courage.

In my experience, the ability to be strong and brave  “kicks in” when I face a fight or flight situation and the adrenalin runs through my body. It is not often that I am chased by wild animals in the jungle these days 🙂 however I can be brave and strong when I am pushed beyond my limits. Fortunately that situation doesn’t happen very often.

There are times when I recognise the reality that if something is going to be, it is up to me to make it happen. I am better at fighting a cause for others than I am for myself. As a parent, I nurtured and protected my children as well as I could and I will still spring to their defense if needed. That is a natural response.

I can be brave and strong when I see an injustice. I believe we all have rights that need protecting and that some vulnerable people need protecting even more than others. I lean more to being merciful than dealing out justice. Everyone has their story and deserves a chance to be heard and understood. There ARE limits to that, of course, but it is hard to define where…

Sometimes our circumstances throw us to a place where we need to be brave and strong. I believe these attributes exist in all of us, maybe in different measure. I consider myself to be a strong person but I am not physically strong so I stay out of physical combat! We can be strong in character, beliefs, compassion, service to others, intelligence, faith, resilience, innovation and so on.

So, where do I go to be brave and strong? I go within. Sometimes I seek God in that space and sometimes I seek determination and perseverance.

Where do you go to be strong and brave?




One thought on “About being brave and strong

  1. Where do you go to be strong and brave?….deep within myself, right to the end of me as this is the place where I grow wings and glide above it all untouched! I simply could not survive if I lost touch with my spiritual self, I’m proud to say that is who I am although it was a long journey before I acknowledged this. Thanx for sharing.

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