Motivation Mondays: STRENGTH
“Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” Mattie Stepanek
I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death. Leonardo da Vinci
What does strength mean to you? What does it have to do with motivation and starting the week with a get up and go attitude? Strength is more than our ability to work like an Ox and punch like a heavyweight champion. Strength comes in many forms and to achieve our goals in life, we need both inner and outer strength. The Sacred Lotus plant looks delicate and pretty, yet it is a tenacious, long living plant that thrives in the murkiest of waters and rises above the crap of daily existence. According a research report, the lotus can regulate the temperature of its flowers just like humans and warm-blooded animals do. “An individual lotus can live for over a thousand years and has the rare ability to revive into activity after stasis. In 1994, a seed from a sacred lotus, dated at roughly 1,300 years old ± 270 years, was successfully germinated (Wikipedia).” So this delicate plant can teach us about the power of inner strength; tenacity is strength.
Why is the tiny ant seemingly invincible? The tiny ant performs huge feats on a daily basis and it does so because it knows the power of numbers and the strength that comes from working in union to accomplish a goal. When a colony of fire ants is accidentally encountered, they will attack as fiercely as a lion. They are fast, with a giant bite that leaves angry lesions that hurt for days. When ants need to move a “problem” (huge piece of food), they gather together and create a chain of power. We can apply the same strategy in our lives. We all need mentors, supporters and cheerleaders in our corner of this place we call earth. Without the support of others, our goals might remain a dream; unity is strength
“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” Khalil Gibran
Strength – Motivational Video
“Wherever you see happy, peaceful individuals; wherever you see children endowed with noble qualities and good dispositions; wherever you see men who have immense strength when faced with failure and adverse situations; wherever you see people who possess a great measure of understanding, sympathy, love, and compassion towards the suffering, and who give of themselves to others—you will usually find a great mother who has inspired them to become what they are.” – Amma
Did you know that the Bamboo plant is a form of grass? Yes, this elegant, strong plant that spends years underground developing its roots and nurturing its armor is grass. Then one day, out of the blue, it shoots up to almost 3 feet and keeps growing. It is one of the fastest-growing plants in the world because of its unique rhizome-dependent system. “Certain species of bamboo can grow 35 inches within a 24-hour period, at a rate of 0.00003 km/h (a growth of approximately 1 millimeter (or 0.02 inches) every 2 minutes) as a tribe of flowering perennial evergreen plants in the grass family Poaceae, Bamboo has a higher compressive strength than wood, brick or concrete and a tensile strength that rivals steel (Wikipedia).” It provides much help to those who use it to build homes, containers, household furniture, and even for food. Imagine for a moment that a type of grass has such strength that it rivals steel. It takes all that underground heavy lifting work that builds the Bamboo and trains it, until it becomes ready to show; focus/commitment is strength
What fuels a Mother’s strength? What motivates our parents and loved ones to support us? A mother’s strength is built in the fire of motherhood, in birthing and maintaining an undying love for her offspring. Just like the Bamboo, a mother carries her offspring, unseen, for a certain period of time. If she were in the wild, she might build a nest or dig deep into the ground or hibernate for a long or short period of time. When the time comes, she uses all of her reserve to birth life and then to nurture that life till it’s ready to venture out on its own. – A Mother’s Love is Strength. The point here is that strength manifests in different forms and through different channels. One thing they share in common is tenacity; the determination to see a plan from its genesis to the point of completion. So the idea of building strength takes great inner reserve, preparation, focus, love and commitment. = tenacity. What are you tenacious about? What’s the difference and the impact it has had on your life? Think about it; love is strength.
The Story of The River Goddess: Come back later for the story.
The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for March are:
03/02 – READ
03/09 – Patience
03/16 – Responsibility
03/23 – Health
03/30 – Strength
“Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.” Hermann Hesse
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It doesn’t take a lot of strength to hang on. It takes a lot of strength to let go.
J. C. Watts
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
Which is stronger – Water or Fire? If you recall the Tsunami in Japan in 2011 and the devastating Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in 2013, you already know that the Ocean is a powerful force to contend with. On a calm day, it looks steady and still like a Zen Master and like the Atlantic Ocean picture above. However, when the ocean is roiled, it can destroy everything in its path. Some people ask the question: Which is stronger – water or fire? Think about it. Unlike the other examples shared above, water flows freely and can seep through almost anything. Over time, it destroys steel and absorbs everything into its depth. Water is powerful in many ways; we need it for sustenance, to grow food and to cleanse ourselves. Yet, in a moment’s notice, it can sweep away everything and wreck havoc in our lives; Water/energy is strength
Why is there strength in letting go? As the saying goes, still waters run deep. Why? When we take time to meditate and reflect on our inner core skills and instincts; when we dig deep within, we gradually come to the understanding that what is in us is greater than what is in front of us. Letting go and going with the flow is also a sign of great strength because it gives us an opportunity to step back and let the energy flow. When we let go of being in control, our instincts are sharpened and clarity descends on us. That clarity helps us make clearer and calmer decisions and it doesn’t mislead us. When we let go of fighting the tides of life, we can get carried back to safe ground; Letting go is strength.
Positive Motivation Tip: Begin by honoring the loving, caring strength that motivates you daily to get up and go. Then honor the same in others.
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