How to Be Strong

One: Put aside all notion of what you think strength is, it’s a sham. Strength comes in more forms then lifting heaving objects above your head.

Two: Realize that you will be wrong. Apologize and seek forgiveness. Not everyone will give you it. If the sacrifice of pride leads to the smallest amount of absolution then it’s a bargain not to be passed up.

Three: Forgive. Just as you will be wrong, so will others. We will not get along or like everyone we meet. We must be respectful of the person learning on the journey and know that we are the same. 

Four: Try. Even with the knowledge that failure is not just an option it’s a certainty. 

Five: Resist the temptation to take the easy way out, in an attempt to avoid pain and suffering. You’ll only find it later down the road. 

Six: Be vulnerable. It takes courage and strength to put your self in a position where you can or will be subjected to pain. 

Seven: Love. The rarest currency on earth. To be wealthy, give it away. Let love motivate every action and step you take. For love and kindness is the only thing that can drive out hate and darkness. 

Eight: Know that hurt is natural. Not every part of life is good. We will face loss: breakups, relationships ending, and even death of a loved one. Let yourself hurt, understand it, once you’ve done that, move forward and heal. 

Nine: When you see someone down and out, offer a hand up. Show them support and let them know they’re not alone in the struggle. You’ll look for the same thing one day. 

Ten: Ask for help. Life is tough and will knock us down from time to time. You can try all you want, you can’t do everything on your own. Nothing wrong admitting you need help. 

God Bless and Positive Vibes

Niall Covington

Born with a genetic disorder, Niall knows what it is like to be knocked down. He has been there several times and he has been able to get back up because of faith and a small number of friends. Seeing others getting knocked down, Niall offers a hand whether he has just fallen or is on the way back up himself. Volunteering as a summer camp counselor for children, teens, and young adults with the same disorder, Niall hopes to inspire them to overcome life's road blocks. For Niall, writing for Project Wednesday is an opportunity to reach more people, and to help more.

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