If you’ve read anything here or been around me you know I can talk nonstop about the benefits of strength training. It’s a huge part of being fit and able to do the necessary things and chores of everyday life. Prime example, I have spent the past two days packing boxes in my home of 40 years – well, I guess that’s really not true since I’ve been married for almost 20 years – but since I grew up there it feels like I’ve lived there for that long.
It was some hard physical labor, packing, cleaning out, hauling bags and boxes here and there, loading and unloading.
I filled my car with lots of things to be donated and lots of things to be moved. I’m glad I am pretty strong (and I’m glad I had some strapping boys around to help me unload when I got back to Atlanta!) You all have packed and moved. You know it’s work. It’s not for the weak and unfit!
In selling and moving things from my parents house, my childhood home, I did not feel so very strong on the inside. This is truly, as Miranda Lambert put it, “The House That Built Me”. If those walls could only talk, Boy could they tell us all some stories! In my head I know that moving on and flowing with change is a huge part of life. We all have those experiences and they help mold us into who we are and who we will be. But, it does take some strength and I can’t google this type of strength to tell me just how to build these inner muscles.
There are articles about willpower, a type of inner strength which is defined as “the inner engine that propels towards success and achievement. It is the power that pushes into action in every area of life.” (I guess it does come down to a certain amount of will power, and faith, and grace from God.)
Willpower is extremely important, and its lack or presence determines whether you will fail or accomplish certain ambitions and successes. Some folks are born with more willpower than others, but I believe it’s also something we can get with some work, just like building outer strength. This inner strength can be attained and can help us through not only small challenges in life, but also the BIG ones.
“Willpower, which is inner strength, manifests as the ability to control unnecessary and harmful impulses. It also manifests as the ability to decide, abide by this decision, and follow it with perseverance until its successful accomplishment. This ability gives you the courage and strength to endure and overcome inner and outer resistance and opposition, difficulties and hardships.”
I am told, and I believe, that we can all develop willpower and inner strength. As with everything else, it can take some work and we will have to give up some unhealthy habits or attitudes. It is a gradual process that everyone can undertake. Some will be able to reach higher levels of power, while others will reach different degrees of development, but the way is open to us all.
It is the same inner strength that makes us disciplined to get up and get to the gym, not eat the cupcake or third slice of pizza. The same inner strength can get us through life’s changes and hardships.
So, I can still say, “Be fit and strong!” but also want to make it all dimensional and include the importance of inner strength. I will call this the importance of the “Buck Up!” factor. It will make us all well-rounded and truly healthy.
On another note, I found this written on the bottom of a drawer in my brother’s room. Talk about some strength . . . where did I get the confidence to tag “the great” at the end of my name?! What was I thinking?? At least it was covered up under loads of papers . . .