So, you’ve found yourself to be a Source of Strength and encouragement for someone. Or maybe you have found yourself being your own Source of Strength.
What does that mean?
Well, sometimes you know when someone is looking up to you.
And them sometimes, you may not realize someone is looking up to you. Just how a role model can be someone you’ve never met before.
When you know that you’re a known Source of Strength for someone, chances are likely that you have personal contact or a personal relationship with that person. Maybe they can call or reach out to you when they need you.
In this way, you have to be available (and emotionally open) to them. A person who embraces the fact that they are a Source of Strength (even if they don’t use those words) will be:
- There to answer the phone when you need to talk.
- They will not ridicule or belittle the person reaching out to them, and
- They’re probably good at keeping private information private.
If a person looks up to you but you don’t know who they are, that’s closer to being a role model. But honestly, why not both? When you don’t know who you are a Source of Strength for, they probably chose you because:
- You express yourself well.
- You have an interesting life story that is relatable.
- You’re consistent.
- You say and do things that others like to hear and see.
So, congratulations! It is an honor for someone to recognize the strength in you. Embrace it as long as you’re emotionally able to support another person.
Ready to be the best Source of Strength that you can be? Here are some tips for you, love.
For people to turn to you, the doors of your heart need to be open.
At the root of this is the feeling of acceptance that many long to feel. Especially those who need outside sources of strength – they need a hug.
But if a hug is unavailable, allowing someone to feel like you have love for them is a form of kindness that goes a long way.
Along the branch of extending kindness to others, we have compassion and understanding.
Compassion comes from a place if maturity and wisdom. Not everyone has it and that’s okay because not everyone is a Source of Strength, either.
When people come to YOU, Strong One, remember – they want to feel accepted. It makes them feel not alone, not judged.
How to cultivate this skill? Keep calm when someone opens up to you. Don’t over react to their story.
In a way, an over reaction is a little bit like a rejection. Don’t reject them.
Being a Source of Strength means that you have the ability to hold on to what you deem to be important.
This also means that you don’t accept many double standards.
If you don’t have strong morals, at best- you’ll look pretty wishy-washy. At worst- you’ll look pretty hypocritical.
It’s not about having extreme views, it’s about having solid ones.
Last but not least (and hopefully not too obviously lol) to be a Source of Strength, you have to be strong.
Physically strong for physical strength.
Mentally strong for everything else.
There’s an article on this site titled “How To Be Stronger”, I highly suggest you check it out!
In conclusion- life may make you a Source of Strength for several people. The first priority is to be a solid Source of Strength for yourself.
Thanks for reading!