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January 17, 2015

To Live Life You Must Be Strong

by James R. Yarbrough
It Is by Nature Not by Man

It Is by Nature Not by Man

To Live Your Life You Must Be Strong

 If I do not tell myself the truth, I cannot tell it to you. Not a thing can exist for long without it. It is what we depend on to know what we do is right. You cheat yourself when you do not keep your promise and tell the truth. Each time that you do, you take one more step away from whom you are.

Never do a thing to take away from your Self. The Self is our core, the essence of each one of us. It is where we go to be ourselves. A place we would never leave on our own, but our mind will. Our power and strength comes from there. If the ways of life have kept your mind away, you are the one to get it back. No one can do this for you. It is not an easy thing to do. Our mind should be where we are. And when it has left where it naturally belongs, it will be hard to find its way back. This happens to us because of how we think. And it is about our childhood. To do better is a choice.

To be and remain weak is a choice, as well. It is what we have when we have not learned to be strong. Strength is what keeps us in one piece and from coming apart. Without it you will not stand firm, you will not speak out and you will not be heard. It is the way of nature. And if you do not feel you can do these things, you are not being whom you truly are. For sure, you were created to be you. I was created to be me.

Weakness does not have the strength to be strong. It is a sign that not all is well. When that which is weak, joins that which is strong, the weak is not made stronger. The strong is made weaker. Be it cream to coffee, ice to tea or anything that keeps me from just being me. What was once strong has now been diluted. Strength or weakness of the mind is how we think our thoughts. It is not how good or bad we are. It is a state of mind. To feel or act offended is to be weak. To feel an offense and not act offended is a show of strength. The greatest strength is that which comes from within. Inner strength gives us what we need to do what needs to be done.

Weakness most often comes when your life will not let you be strong. You have to do much of it on your own. We, as all living things, are to follow a growth process to be who or what we are created to be. When we do not grow and mature, as we should, we are unable to stand on our own. We must have the nurturing and care that we need to flourish and be strong. Life can be very difficult when you do not get the care that you need. Growth in all areas is stunted. Though, overcome it you can, when you know what made you weak. It can be a struggle, no it is. You have to drop your defense and face what it is you are afraid to see. This goes for you, me, or whoever it maybe.

You cannot be strong, when you do not know how to live. You know what this means if you, or someone you know, have put your best foot forward doing the best that you can and end up starting all over again. It is about how we see ourselves when we look. And that picture is formed in childhood. The reality created not by you but for you will not allow you to be you. Your mind will not leave you along.

At times, you can be afraid to step up to the line and compete; too weak to win and not strong enough to lose. You can have the will but not know the way. It can be hard to do when you do not have the directions. We must be taught how to walk. And use our mind to practice how to think. You may say I don’t see me in any of this. This does not apply to me. Well, if it is not you who you see, perhaps it is someone you know or possibly love.  It is good to know how others who you know may feel.

Nothing is as hard as it seems you just do not know how to do yet.

—James R. Smith-Yarbrough

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