Strength: Physical vs. Mental



I’ve been thinking a lot about the concept of strength lately.  Wonder why?  DUH.

Physical strength is something that has always been a priority for me.  I work out to feel and be strong, to climb mountains, to run (and yes, so I can EAT). Physical strength is something that has always enhanced my mental strength.  After a good workout, I always have a great deal of mental clarity and stamina.

As you know, physical strength is something that I’ve been, uhhhh, sorely lacking since my chemo days. Because my physical strength has traditionally and consistently driven my mental strength, let’s just say that without my usual brawniness, I have been a tad non compos mentis (to say the least!).

However, (this is where the Shining Moments come in) when I feel myself on the road that lacks strength, I wonder:

What I am supposed to learn?

How am I supposed to grow?

What will come out of this?

When I feel particularly puny, I haven’t once thought about my predicament as weakness (the opposite of strength); rather, I’ve contemplated my situation as a state “absent of physical strength”.

I’ve also considered the fact that physical strength does not necessarily drive mental strength.  In fact, it’s my mental strength right now (often in the form of SM’s) that is driving my physical strength.  Hmmm…I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.

After thinking about this concept a lot this past weekend (thankfully, it was a nice weekend and the BOTY – boyfriend of the year encouraged me to go outside on my balcony and just SIT), the following quote popped into my life.  Wow.  So cool.

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.

– Mohandas Gandhi


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