S = Strength
Strength. This is a word that made my stomach turn when I first became a single mom. I had so many friends who told me that they weren't worried about me or that they knew I'd be okay because I am "stronger than I realize". Literally, I got told that so many times that it came to a point where I was concerned I would fly into a homicidal rage toward the next person who said it. You know what? It was true! I really am stronger than I initially realized. I'm also more resourceful than I knew I was. By feeling more secure in my ability to meet mine and my son's needs without having to rely on a significant other, I feel like I'm a stronger person. I feel more capable and that makes me more independent. I am also aware of the fact that I pull strength from my friends and family. Initially, I felt that by allowing my friends and family to help support me through these tough times, that it somehow only lent me artificial strength. I was under the false impression that in order to have real strength, I needed to somehow bear the burden on my own. This could not be any further from the truth. Any strength that you gain from any positive source (i.e. "liquid courage", a.k.a. alcohol, is not a positive source of strength!) is still strength.
What are your sources of strength? How have you found strength during tough times?