Strength is authenticity.

Strength is not avoiding discomfort.

Strength is lifting your chin and deciding upon intrinsic confidence. 

Strength is not flexing a muscle.

Strength is training to improve weakness, to recalibrate, to ripen and energize.

Strength is not #beastmode or #teamnodaysoff.

Strength is rest, pushing "urgencies" away from your membrane of space, patience. Trusting time.

Strength is not spinning like a hyperactive top, juggling in a panic.

Strength is reflection, earnestness, self exploration.

Strength is not denial.

Strength is facing hurtful things in the past, feeling the difficulties, accepting them and moving through them. Letting them move through you.

Strength is not psychologically running away, layering and layering distractions, pretending to be strong and untouched.

Strength is listening and helping others. Strength is ALSO allowing yourself to be helped.

Strength is not always feeling the need to be the one to solve, talk, or guide. Listen.

Strength is the deconstruction phase - taking things apart, in order to rebuild. Analysis, patience and perseverance. Just like in the building of muscles themselves. 

Strength is NOT destruction, punishment through exercise, deprivation or overtraining by way of negative self-talk, threats-to-self or self-loathing. 

STRENGTH IS LOVING YOURSELF composed of bright lights AND dark corners of tricky times.

STRENGTH IS LOVING OTHERS without limit, without outline. Love like watching an ink blot, and accepting whatever borders it creates.

 

Pick it up, put it down, turn it inside out, feel it all. And watch how you lift yourself and others.

We're not here long, we take only our memories with us when we go.
 

I used a photo of Tavira because of its dark corners and bright lights, and I had many missions of discovery here.  

I used a photo of Tavira because of its dark corners and bright lights, and I had many missions of discovery here.