We all want to be strong. We want to be the idyllic hero sung about in the song by Bonnie Tyler. But what is strength? What strength is important? How do we get stronger?
I’m holding out for a hero ‘till the end of the night, he’s gotta be strong, and he’s gotta be fast, and he’s gotta be fresh from the fight.Bonnie Tyler, Footloose sound track, 1984
If you Google strength, you can get a variety of different definitions. There is strength that is defined by physics: Mechanical Strength, compressive strength and tensile strength. This is helpful in construction and manufacturing. There is also stress, strain, ultimate strength and yield strength – which will assist you in general engineering. There is absolute strength, relative strength, power or explosive strength and strength endurance – which helps if you are trying to be physically strong.
So as you can see, strength has many definitions, and I think Ms. Tyler was going for the last set I identified. However, this blog is not about physics, engineering or bodybuilding and athleticism. No this blog is to help you be the person that other people want to be around.
Mental strength can be defined by six virtues that give strength to our character.
- Wisdom or the gaining of knowledge
- Courage which is the ability to accomplish goals no matter the opposition from the inside or the outside
- Humanity – the ability to show love and kindness to others
- Justice – Strengths towards community and fairness to others
- Temperance – self control
- Transcendence – gratitude and hope
Over the next few of weeks, I am going to go into depth each of these virtues and how we can ascribe them to our lives.