I Was Not Built To Break & Neither Were You….

139136870_4fadd2f255I didn’t know my own strength. Its unreal the way so many of us doubt the strength that flows through our veins. We assume that we can’t do something or that the problem we face is too great. We sell ourselves short or we lean on those we don’t really need to. We are stronger than we know. We just have to reach deep inside ourselves and find the power and gumption to do what we need to in the time needed. For a lot of us that insurmountable problem is actually only a mole hill masquerading as a mountain. Other times that mountain really is a vast chasm of space. If we stepped outside of ourselves and our fear long enough we could more than likely see the truth staring back at us. We are never helpless. We are never weak. Just because you lack physical strength doesn’t mean you have to allow the mental and emotional disappear. Even in pain you can retain control. Below are lyrics from Whitney Houston’s song  “I didn’t know my own strength”. This song got me through the toughest trial of my life. The loss of my child. Now years later I find myself drawn to it more during my struggles….download (4)

Sometimes I need a reminder that ” I was not built to break”…. And neither were you. Life has a way of fooling us into thinking that troubles will last forever. Sometimes when we are going through we assume that things will never get better or that all light is gone. We lose hope.  I understand that pain. That hopeless feeling is normal, especially if you have a legitimate reason for YOU.  I may not understand the depth of your individual pain but I don’t need to. The only thing I have to do is understand that you are in pain. Its normal to feel hopeless but hope has never left, we just have to find our faith. We have to learn to believe in the future.Know your strength.images (4) Being human I have had several low points in my life. Days where I just simply did not have a clue how I would make it through. I shed thousands of tears and clenched my teeth in frustration at the things that I assumed I had no control over. I did not grasp the fact that NOTHING is under my control. I simply adapted and  created strategies to deal with my life but I could never control it. I don’t have that power. Neither do you.

I worried about the problems that permeated my life from my relationship  to my children. I was depressed and angry. I know a lot of you have felt this same way. You may have felt the loneliness that I did. You may feel that way now. Although we can’t control life what we can control is how we view our own. The first step to dealing with pain is to acknowledge that you feel it. Feeling pain does not make you weak. Neither does crying. Cry it out. Shed a tear. Throw something but for your own sanity allow yourself to feel whatever you need to feel. Don’t hold your emotions inside for so long that they burst out in a torrent of incoherent babble. You don’t have to have suffered the loss of a loved one to breakdown. It can be the loss of a dream. The loss of a job. A loss is a loss and acknowledging your upset is OK. Next  step is knowing when to ask for help. Instead of throwing in the towel, open your mouth. Stop suffering in silence. So many of us suffer from depression and fail to get treatment because we assume that to acknowledge it makes us weak. It doesn’t.images (5)

images (3)Being smart enough to seek assistance takes true courage. Stop selling yourself short. You really are extremely strong. You can pick yourself back up. You can continue to go on. Have faith. Every day that you draw breath is a chance to change the course of things. Its a chance at a new beginning. Every day you wake is a restart. You can survive your darkest hour. This trial is simply an event in your life meant to shape you not break you. You chose which. You have the power to overcome. Its OK to crash but dust yourself back off and rejoin your fight. Yesterday can not be relived. If a lesson was needed learn that and move forward. You hold control over you. I didn’t know my own strength but now I do. I know I am strong even when I feel weak. I am tough as nails because I see myself that way. I see the same for you. 

“I Didn’t Know My Own Strength”

Lost touch with my soul
I had nowhere to turn, I had nowhere to go
Lost sight of my dream
Thought it would be the end of meI thought I’d never make it through
I had no hope to hold on to
I, I thought I would break

I didn’t know my own strength
And I crashed down and I tumbled but I did not crumble
I got through all the pain
I didn’t know my own strength

Survived my darkest hour, my faith kept me alive
I picked myself back up, hold my head up high
I was not built to break
I didn’t know my own strength

Found hope in my heart
I found the light to life my way out of the dark
Found all that I need here inside of me

I thought I’d never find my way
I thought I’d never lift that weight
I thought I would break

I didn’t know my own strength
And I crashed down and I tumbled but I did not crumble
I got through all the pain
I didn’t know my own strength

Survived my darkest hour, my faith kept me alive
I picked myself back up, hold my head up high
I was not built to break
I didn’t know my own strength

There were so many times I wondered
How I’d get through the night
I thought I took all that I could takeI didn’t know my own strength
And I crashed down and I tumbled but I did not crumble
I got through all the pain
I didn’t know my own strength

My faith kept me alive
I picked myself back up, I hold my head up high
I was not built to break
I didn’t know my own strength

I was not built to break, no, no
I got to know my own strength

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