This month Mr B and I are taking part in #FlashFiveFriday run by The Indie Exchange.
#FlashFiveFriday is a weekly flash fiction / flash blogging prompt.
The rules are very simple if you’d like to take part:
1) Write for no longer than five minutes
2) No upper or lower word limits
3) You must write something new
4) You can prepare your post ahead of time but the 5 minute limit still applies
5) If you add your blog post to the weekly linky you must visit five other blogs that week too to show your support
#FlashFiveFriday – Strength
When I think of strength I imagine both physical and emotional strength. At school some us are athletes, well-toned and full of energy, others are scrawny and perceived as weak, our strength may lie in our minds. There are many memorable tales of physical prowess such as those competitions for the world’s strongest men where they pull aeroplanes across runways and lift tyres and weights. However, I think emotional strength is by far the most admirable quality we can possess.
The thing with physical strength is that it doesn’t last forever. Inevitably we grow older, our bodies deteriorate and we lose much of the sharpness we once had. It’s the natural course of life. Emotional strength is different though. I believe that no matter how old we get we can always be strong emotionally. It’s this part of us that helps us to overcome many of the trials of life be it the stressful world we inhabit or the unwanted pain of grief when we lose those we love.
As with physical strength, some of us are stronger emotionally than others but when I think of people that endure so many upheavals and still can find reason to smile at the end of the day I can’t help but admire from afar.
Strength is a funny thing. The picture shows what we probably automatically consider when we think of strength: muscles, heft and weight, something very physical, very tangible. In fact, I find the invisible strength that people call on every day far more impressive.
Whether it’s someone keeping a family together during difficult times, helping someone through an illness, working through their own illness or troubles, people draw on their own remarkable strength every day and probably never realise just how strong they are. Those that keep going when everything seems against them have the real weight and heft behind them.
I have never been swayed by pictures of muscle men (or women!). Someone helping an old man across a road, cuddling a stray kitten or comforting a child? That’s the strength of character that reaches out to me.
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