Courage is not having the strength to go on. Its going on when you don’t have the strength.
As soon as a seed is anchored, its priorities shift and it redirects all its energy toward stretching up. Its reserves have nearly run out and it desperately needs to capture light in order to fuel the process that keeps it alive. As the tiniest plant in the forest, it has to work harder than everything above it, all the while enduring a misery of shade.
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
The passage by Hope Jahren shows how difficult it can be to grow in the extreme conditions of life. Counseling a beautiful Mother recently, whose 14-year-old son died in an accident four months ago, reminded me of these extreme challenges and how our priorities have to shift, to survive the misery and shade of grief.
Grief and suffering keep our reserves of energy running low, but in order to survive and fuel this source, we have to capture the light and grow. We have to keep stretching beyond normal capabilities and focus on nurturing, support and love. Although it is extremely difficult to grow in this environment; there is always enough strength and courage within us, and there always enough light and love around us.
25 thoughts on “Inner Strength and Courage”
Capture whatever light we can and grow in the darkest times. Thank you for sharing this Karen 💕
Thankyou Val. Have a beautiful day. 🙂
You too Karen. Have a great weekend!
I feel, that our inner strength shows up, while we most need it. Thanks for sharing this, Karen.
I do too Irene. It’s good to know we can in times of stress.
Truly beautiful and filled with light. Thank you Karen.
Thankyou Nico. Blessings 🙏🏻
I like the part about capturing the light. The light is always there; we just need to look for it.
It is always there Emilie. Thankyou 💚
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Capturing the light, yes.
Yes! Thankyou Sawsan 💚
Am loving the metaphor here. And today, as reaching feels like work, I needed it. Thank you, as always:).
Keep reaching! I promise you will receive what you need. Always lovely to have you here Kristine. 💚
Our inner strength has power to drag us out of miseries
It really does. Thankyou 🙏🏻
I love the analogy. It should be seen on TV for all the world to hear.
I wish everyone knew and believed they had this amazing strength within! Thanks Rommel 🙏🏻
Karen, great connection between the attributes of plant life and human life. There are lessons that we can learn from lower forms of life, for they depend upon God and use His gift of life and intent for them to the full. They do not waver against adversity as those of us who choose to doubt our origin.
So very true Alan. They do not waver and they always reach for the light, knowing their life depends upon it. Thankyou 🙏🏻
In the midst of grief it is difficult to see that your are growing … it is only afterwards looking back and then the realization comes. This was a beautiful post. Thank you.
Thankyou Elizabeth. You speak the truth. ❤️
A sad but inspiring post. Natures way of teaching us to always reach for the light.
So true and I have always found that light when I needed it. 🙏🏻