The only thing you can not survive is death..
You have power over your mind not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. You’re going to meet many people with domineering personalities: the loud, the obnoxious, those that noisily stake their claims in your territory and everywhere else they set foot on. This is the blueprint of a predator. Predators prey on gentleness, peace, calmness, sweetness and any positivity that they sniff out as weakness. Anything that is happy and at peace they mistake for weakness. It’s not your job to change these people, but it’s your job to show them that your peace and gentleness do not equate to weakness. The sun shines not on us but in us. The struggles we endure today will be the ‘good old days’ we laugh about tomorrow. My dark days made me strong. Or maybe I already was strong, and they made me prove it. Life’s trials will test you, and shape you, but don’t let them change who you are.
There are many people who will want to befriend you if you fit the description of what they think is weak; predators want to have friends that they can dominate over because that makes them feel strong and important. The truth is that predators have no strength and no courage. It is you who are strong, and it is you who has courage. I have lost many a friend over the fact that when they attempt to rip me, they can’t. They accuse me of being deceiving; I am not deceiving, I am just made of silk. It is they who are stupid and wrongly take gentleness and fairness for weakness. It’s essential you create a fiery will from within–harness that power of decisiveness and choose to be your strongest self. Self discovery is the most empowering time of your life, you remember who you are and you become the best version of yourself but what they forget to tell you is, to get to a point of pleasure you must face the pain. True friends don’t come with conditions
The storm is out there and every one of us must eventually face the storm. When the storm comes, pray that it will shake you to your roots and break you wide-open. Being broken open by the storm is your only hope. When you are broken open you get to discover for the first time what is inside you. Some people never get to see what is inside them; what beauty, what strength, what truth and love. They were never broken open by the storm. So, don’t run from your pain run into your pain. Let life’s storm shatter you. The problem when you are a strong, capable, self-confident person, is that more often than not, people think that you don’t really need things like comfort, reassurance, loyalty and guidance. A balanced inner calmness radiates from a peaceful center. It neither craves others’ approval nor rejects others’ presence. It neither pulls towards nor pushes away. It has a reverent attitude towards life and all its inhabitants.
The tests we face in life’s journey are not to reveal our weaknesses but to help us discover our inner strengths. We can only know how strong we are when we strive and thrive beyond the challenges we face. You will meet many opponents in your time that will come face to face with your flaws, trust the chaos ~ pain & confusion is the pathway to break open and become free. When I feel threatened, vulnerable, or insecure, whether it from simply walking into a room of unknown people, meeting someone for the first time, an unexpected or expected confrontation, or doing something new, I affirm in my mind (over and over): There is no danger, there is no threat. From there, the discomfort lessens and I become open for discovery and adventure. Those who achieve the extraordinary are usually the most ordinary because they have nothing to prove to anybody. Be Humble.
The greatest act of courage is to be and to own all of who you are without apology, without excuses, without masks to cover the truth of who you are. The first gift is Strength. May you remember to call upon it whenever you need it. Great leaders have three things; inner light, inner vision and inner strength. There’s more to a person than flesh. Judge others by the sum of their soul and you’ll see that beauty is a force of light that radiates from the inside out. Man can be master of nothing while he fears death, but he who does not fear it possesses all. If there were no suffering, man would not know his limitations, would not know himself. The hardest thing is to be able in your soul to unite the meaning of all. No one knows your truth but you. If you’re secure in yourself, no one and no(thing) can touch you. It’s not the appearance that makes a man, it’s the man that makes an appearance.
When troubles reduce inside you, troubles reduce around you.