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Offline CaeliTopic starter

« on: April 29, 2009, 10:14:54 pm »
How do you define STRENGTH?
What is it to be strong?

It is smiling when you want to cry -
     smiling, because you would not see the tears of others.
          Or is that self-sacrifice?

It is shouldering a burden that cannot be carried by one -
     shouldering a burden, unasked, with no expectancy of reward.
          Or is that selflessness
          and friendship?

It is saying "I have failed" -
     and then standing up after you have fallen.
          Or is that perseverance?

It is taking one step forward -
     when all you want to do is run away... far, far away.
          Or is that obstinance?

It is gritting your teeth and bearing it -
     because you know you are not alone,
     because you know others have it worse,
     because you know that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
          Or is that realism
          and optimism
          and hope?

It is saying, "You can do this!" to yourself -
     even when you know you face odds that are insurmountable.
          Or is that foolishness?

It is curling into a ball and crying -
     because to take a step forward
     you must first acknowledge that yes...
     you need help.
          Or is that weakness?

It is turning tail and fleeing -
     when you face a battle you cannot win
     so you can live another day.
          Or is that cowardice?

Just what is it to be strong?
How can we define what STRENGTH is?

Can you say it is just
     Self-sacrifice. Selflessness. Friendship. Perseverance. Obstinance. Realism. Optimism. Hope. Foolishness. Weakness. Cowardice.
          Are these not the sums of strength - its foundation, and its result?
          Can you point to any one of these
               and say "THIS is what strength is"
          when being strong means being all of these
          and some of these
          and none of these,
          when being strong means having all
          or some
          or none
          of these qualities?
Can you really define 'STRENGTH' with just a word
     with just black and white pixels on a piece of paper
     with just black and white pixels on a blank screen?
Can you tell me what it is to 'be strong'
     and define the phrase, 'being strong'?


It is knocking on a door at 3am in the morning, shaking and lost -
     reaching out after silence,
     even though you are afraid that nobody is there to listen to you
     because you have severed all your ties.

It is opening the door for someone you had let go of -
     embracing a lost soul,
     without judgment,
     without anger.

It is picking up a phone and calling that number you never thought you would call -
     because how could it ever happen to you?
     You are invincible
     until your house of cards is shattered by a reality that so many people become casualities of.

It is listening for hours without saying a single word -
     because sometimes
     all you need to do is listen
     all you need is to be heard.

It is stepping back and letting go -
     because a cage can never be a love without chains.
          Because love must live free
          or it is not love at all.

Now tell me, what is STRENGTH?
What does it mean to be strong?

It is standing at a crossroads and choosing a path -
     even when you know
     the future will bring you pain.
          Because life does hurt -
          but how else would you know of

It is opening up your circle
     letting down your walls
     embracing uncertainty
     embracing vulnerability
     embracing fear
     just so you can say "I love you"
          and mean it.

It is saying
     "I'm sorry"
               it is also saying
                    "I forgive you."

how do you define strength?

Was something I wrote last night.
A mix of free poetry and prose - more like spoken word than anything else, I think.

Comments would be appreciated. :-)
You can alternatively answer the question: How do you define strength?
« Last Edit: April 29, 2009, 10:31:54 pm by Caeli »

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Re: Strength
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2009, 10:29:37 pm »
Caeli.. That's amazing. The question has an answer for each person who reads it, but I wonder how many will find the answer something they can't pen down for others to see. I myself define strength in a number of ways, and many of the example in your 'mix of prose and poetry' as you put it are among them.

I think, for me now at this very moment in my life, strength is most like continuing to have courage in the face of adversity. There's a lot more to it than that, but that's the most prominent part of it for me at this point in my life. And the finer details I can't really type up without writing a blog-length response so I won't. I don't want to hijack this.

With that said, I know that once school is behind me and I've found a job and my life is routine, secure, and dependable, my primary definition of strength will change. Already it has had so many evolutions in my young life.

Anyways, amazing piece. Wonderful, thought provoking, beautiful. Thank you for sharing with us. *Hugs*


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Re: Strength
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2009, 09:00:02 am »
I would also say its amazing! Caeli, both the content and the style.

Nothing really defines strength or for that matter any human characteristics in a black and white terms. Human actions are also the same such unpredictable and unexplainable. Two people, same action different reason or same people, different action, same reason ... we can make it so. This is our strength, our weakness and thats what makes us Human.

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Re: Strength
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2009, 06:27:08 pm »
wow...I'd love to know what was the motivation for these thoughts...
how do you define strength? -by knowing what it isn't

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Re: Strength
« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2009, 07:08:57 pm »
Wow... what the knucklehead (me) meant to say was what was the inspiration for these thoughts?
well said all the again