Photo By E. Rachel Thompson
“From all the ways which Strength can be displayed, I choose from within” – Author Unknown”
Strength is a quality we constantly seek for ourselves and admire very much in others. It is continually regarded as a positive trait so its pursuit is never suspect nor questioned. In fact, it is so well regarded that we figure out ways to measure it and reward those who mightily display it.
One of the most coveted ways in which these awards are pursued is in the world of sports. Whether it be an individual endeavor or a group of determined yet single-minded people, modern culture is fascinated and fanatical about these displays of dedicated prowess. We award those who can jump the farthest, highest, and longest as well as run the fastest at various distances. It becomes even more enthralling when several people work together as one; demonstrating how hard work, dedication, and the highest levels of self-discipline culminate in a glorious victory.
But why is so much attention paid to these displays of physical strength? Many top athletes are honored and revered by enthusiasts around the globe. Perhaps it was a one-time goal or something which permeated our own dreams and aspirations, giving us a small glimpse of what it takes to achieve these kinds of feats.
By no means is this an attempt to belittle or minimize the dedication required for these accomplishments but is it possible that by giving too much credence to it that it spills over and affects our daily lives and interactions with others? Does it provide a negative incentive to be harsh or coarse with others believing that we are simply being “strong”? Having the “guts” to speak one’s mind may be showing ourselves that we are strong but in many cases one’s opinion is not a determination of fact. “I call it like I see it” doesn’t mean that everyone who sees it differently from you is wrong. Admiration is often shown to those who exhibit such behavior but perhaps what they are truly displaying is more akin to a measure of arrogance.
Descriptions of leadership qualities include listening more than talking and being a good listener can often be a most difficult task. It requires discretion, wisdom, and a desire to work out the best solution and not simply one which insures and benefits us. As the opening quote suggests, inner strength can be a far greater indicator than any pretentious tirade no matter who is originating the outburst.
In the comments below, please provide personal instances where either you observed or were the executor of showing inner strength. The next post will take a closer look at how we can successfully measure our own inner strength. Also, if you can find the author of the opening quote, it may be worth a prize.
Once again my thanks to E. Rachel Thompson for the beautiful photography (find out more by clicking here) and I look forward to your comments.