I do have one such friend and it blows my mind how strong she is regardless of health issues, finances, natural disasters that cause freak accidents that would wreck my world and fill me full of worry, or just day to day stress that would all add up and cause me to cave in a sea of despair!
Her strength and ability to smile regardless of situations has taught me much about the value of quiet determination, belief in my own self-worth, along with a strong spiritual faith. This quality of life she has chosen, gives her the will to not allow others to bring her down, even when there is a chance of a disagreement. She stands solid in her belief and has the ability to even soften the most difficult personality who would attempt to burst her balloon!
Even when opposition comes from nay-sayers who will not be denied a voice, she refuses to stop doing what she believes in, if she accepts as truth, it it what she is meant to do. She has faith in herself, and is unwilling to sacrifice her happiness and those she loves, while not being nasty or intimidating to those around her!
She isn’t afraid to give one hundred percent every day, no matter what she’s attempting; while each day brings a new opportunity to grow and mature as she faces new challenges, looks at life as an “adventure,” and loves life to the fullest; enjoying every experience while she loves those around her! This attitude endears her to everyone she meets.
While she sounds like a “super person,” there is no question she isn’t. She knows her limitations but has high expectations of herself and those around her. She doesn’t take time for negativity! She doesn’t feel like she needs to “fit in” to be happy and does not dread what is ahead because she accepts each moment as it comes. If things don’t work out like she expects, she usually can shrug her shoulders and say, “It wasn’t meant to be. I’ll try something else next time. Tomorrow is another day!”
Mostly, she chooses to be happy! She realizes life is going to be a challenge and it’s up her, as it is to each of us, to respond or react to whatever circumstances we face. With her decision of happiness, comes a fresh daily countenance of peace and tranquility that everyone appreciates. Further, from this attitude, she is able to look on others who have less than herself and give from both her abundance, as well as, her poverty. She gives her heart.
I challenge you to consider your own emotional strength. Is it firmly planted in all that is good and right, that allows you to have calm assurance no matter what comes your way? If you don’t find yourself in this contented place, I encourage you to evaluate what you believe important in your life. Do you need to make a decision to do things differently? Share your thoughts about how and where you find your own emotional strength.