You Are Stronger Than You Think

What is within us is stronger than what is in our way

Don’t be satisfied with stories how things have gone with others.  Unfold your own myth.

 –  Rumi

Stay strong, even though you have every reason to breakdown.  Strength doesn’t come from the doing what comes next or what is expected.  It comes from doing what you think you can’t do.  Strength comes from breaking through and blasting past, what you didn’t think that there was any possibility to do.  For years no one believed you could run faster that a 4 minute mile.  Doctors said it was medically impossible.  It was a barrier than remained in place for years.  Then in 1954 Roger Bannister broke the record, then 41 days later his record was broken.  Once the myth was broken, the records were broken over and over.  It now stands at 3:43:13.  Unfold your own myth.

When you are down in that pit of despair, what gets you up and out of it, is listening to the sound of your heart beat.  That small still inner voice, the one that constantly gets beat down by the voices in your head.  It is that small voice of the heart beat that tells you what you are really capable of.  You must listen to what it says, when it whispers, “you will make it through this, and this will make you stronger for tomorrow”.

There is an invisible strength within us; when it recognizes two opposing objects of desire, it grows stronger.

 –   Rumi

It is in the journey itself,  that we develop the strength to journey.  It is a spark that lights the flame, which lights the way. Into the darkness your strength shines forth.  Out of the ashes, we arise again and again.  Within our souls, we are limitless, divine expressions of God, made in his image.  Every day we have the opportunity to create the life of our dreams. 

The strongest wind cannot be seen.

 –  Amy Tan

Our stories are powerful, they are important, and they must be told.  Do not be ashamed of the steps of your journey.  While you may see failure after failure, I see a strong woman who continued moving forward.  Who didn’t stop, never gave up, and while it may seem like you took a step or two backwards, you continued to move forward.  Invisible strength, forged in the fires of transformation, hammered in each step of the journey, you grow stronger and stronger.

Our fate lives within us, you only have to be brave enough to see it. 

 –  Brave

There is within all of us, light and darkness.  It can’t be seen, it casts no shadows.  But like the wind, you can feel the results of its passing.  The combination of light and darkness is what makes our soul fierce.  It strengthens our hearts and minds.  It is the collaboration of all of our parts, that make us a whole human being.  It is when they combine that our passion is ignited in our souls, and we are finally ready to transform.  To breathe in the inspired divine breath.  To break loose from the barriers and boundaries of who we were told we were, to who God made us to be. 

You don’t learn to walk by following rules.  You learn by doing, and by falling over. 

 – Richard Branson

It is when life seems to be failing us, that we discover the deeper powers that lie buried deep inside of us.  It is when we think that we have lost everything, that we find the only reason left to live.  It is that moment when we discover what we are made of.  That we see just a sliver of what we are truly capable of.  It is terrifying, soul expanding, and it seems like the fire of the crucible will totally destroy us.  It is when we discover that we are in fact only now truly alive.   The joy of life in that moment, burns out the pain of transformation. 

Painful as it may be, a significant emotional event can be the catalyst for choosing a direction that serves us more effectively.  Look for the learning. 

 – Louisa May Alcott 

I love the line, look for the learning.  It is the silver lining in every situation.  It is funny how when you look back at life, so many little decisions you make combine into patterns that create the tapestry of your life.  Each thing nudges you forward. 

Difficulty does not leave you until you learn from it. 

 – Unknown

Like the baby learning to walk, it is sometimes hesitant, sometimes stumbling, and sometimes falling.  But each time we get back up, we get closer to our destination.  And when we reach one destination, a new path opens before us, a new challenge to grow, a new opportunity to learn.  Always look for the learning.

Sheryl Silbaugh

I am married with 4 grown children who are all married and currently have 14 grandchildren and two great granddaughters. I work fulltime as a Director at Bank of America and I am the founder of LemonadeMakers.org, which is a website and Facebook page dedicated to personal transformation and growth. We all have life's lemons show up in our life, this website helps us to make them into lemonade.

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