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I had another play with an app on Facebook.  Sometimes, they hit the nail on the head, sometimes it is just a play with words. Are they just looking in to a few shout outs I made there?

Here’s what it says:

Not everyone knows the fights you have had to fight in life. Not everyone sees your scars  and the things that you had to go through. What they see is a smile on your face  and assumes all’s well  but only you know how much you are hurting still.

It’s  partly true. One has to be strong to face all those early trials in one’s life. One has to have faith in what comes next. One has to believe.  Standing strong. Standing still.  These are words that  always stand out when I think of the past. These are words that make me hope  to be better, to dream more and just feel glad I am  alive.

The smile would always be there. I believe in greeting each morning with a big smile on my face. I believe  that everything would be okay the moment I wake up. I just believe. One could be sensitive and sentimental enough to reminisce a little of what has been, the good times would always be memories to cherish,   but sometimes one should be  bold enough to accept the truth that things happen (maybe for a reason), that they  are not  a part of one’s dream.  We should not be afraid to  see what is at the bend in  the road,  there is probably something more to discover  that  makes life more meaningful. When you have faced challenging circumstances in your life and you’re still standing, I call that courage. When you believe that eventually things fall into place, I call that faith.

I love this quote from Helen Keller: “Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into light.”  

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Courage is the most important of all virtues, because without it we can’t practice any other virtue with consistence-Maya Angelou
When you say that you are strong, are you being courageous?
Some people have this common mistake equating strength and courage. I believe that these are entirely two different things. Being strong is more on the physical aspect of the person while courage is an in-depth feeling of having the strength to go on despite all the setbacks and vicissitudes one encounters in life. You may be strong enough to face life’s ugly realities but when you don’t have courage to go on, it is impossible to face them. Life throws us something that sometimes we are not prepared to face.
I remember my journey as a cancer patient almost two years ago (hmm…I’ll be celebrating my second anniversary this coming July 14) and I can recall those times I was just out of chemotherapy sessions. A feeling of helplessness, a weak resolve to undergo another session,  but always with great faith that I would be well. It’s no easy way to adjust to a world where you are not even sure if the treatment is good for you or not. It’s natural to feel insecure when you are in such a predicament  – being so weak that you could not even hold a spoon or a glass of cold water without those seemingly electric  and numb sensations on your hands, and your arms won’t just cooperate for a day or two, it’s like they are completely detached from your body. Had I not been strong to face everything and courageous enough, I would not know where I’ll be now.
In the end, it always boils  down to having enough courage to face life and somehow having the strength to go on amidst trials. Strength, I may not often have, but courage, I have enough. Thank you Lord for giving me the courage to see that I am strong to meet and face what life throws my way.

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