Gathering Strength

Three days ago, I finished my last day of school. Two days ago, I got sick. One day ago, I remembered what rest is and does for me. Today, I feel a little more me than I have in weeks.

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Some stretches of time drain our strength more than others. In the plus and minus columns, these kinds of days subtract from our reserves even as we give and give to those around us and fulfill every responsibility to the best of our ability. The giving ticks a tally in the plus column for sure, but sometimes the giving costs a little as well in that every action has an equal and opposite reaction sort of way.

I can’t give what I don’t have, so I’m set on gathering me some strength. Strength will steady me a bit, help me find my footing, ready me for all the whats-to-comes on the horizon. Gathering strength needs focus. Direction. Attention.

And the idea of gathering strength sounds a little loosey-goosey or abstract, so here’s the practical:

  • Find yourself a journal or some paper and a pen.
  • Name some strength-giving categories like:
    • Health
    • Family
    • Home
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  • Beneath each category, list three to five specific ideas for strength-giving like:
    • Health
      • Sleep
      • Water
      • Diet
      • Movement
    • Just For Me
      • Writing
      • Quiet Time
      • Notice Beauty
      • Creativity
  • Create columns next to the categories and date each column
  • Keep a daily check on strength-fulfilling action by marking your list, idea-by-idea with a check mark to show the strength you gathered in each category

My strength list has four categories with three to seven separate goals under each. Checking the list each morning will keep these hopes on my mind and in my heart. With each day, the list increases in visual impact in direct proportion to the strength I’ve worked so consciously to gather.

Finding strength doesn’t happen by accident, but by intention.

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Gather your strength where you find it.

2 thoughts on “Gathering Strength

  1. Your blog makes me stop to think of what’s really important in my life to make me happy. I am improving my life by being able to handle new challenges that come my way. Keep the blog going, Barb.

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