"Be calm, be strong, be grateful, and become a lamp full of light,
that the darkness of sorrows be annihilated, and that the sun of everlasting joy arise from the dawning-place of heart and soul, shining brightly."
◈ What is the source of our strength? How does having a moral core help people to be strong?
◈ What habits can each of us develop to become more of a master of our moods? What are some events which might test our strength?
◈ Does showing strength look the same for all of us? How might it differ in diverse situations? What does a hero look like?
“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” Even now this statement from Vincent Van Gough feels relevant. It is tough to change things; to smile when our surroundings are gloomy, to push through challenges and confront uncertainty, but within us lies a well of strength which is waiting to be drawn upon. In the short documentary Nzingha, we see the strength it takes for one young woman to break down racial barriers in her sport - a strength which she not only found from within, but from those who came before her. In an article on Muhammad Ali's moral courage, we read of his strength to oppose war, "My conscience won’t let me go shoot my brother”. Whether the challenges we face are as complex as a global pandemic or as simple as an attempt to help someone smile, we each have a Divine spark of strength within us, which gives each of us the power to change the world, little by little, together.
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