Friday, March 4, 2011

Inner Strength

I really wouldn't be here without the help of some pretty amazing people. They have held my hands through some very dark days of Lyme disease and whispered strength back into my ear. However, they can only carry me so far. I had to, and have to, do the hard part by myself. I have to bear the pain, I have to remain positive, I have to keep going when I want to throw in the towel.

It is a constant struggle to find the strength that I need in myself, not in others. I have a tendency to lean on others too much when things get rough. When I need to turn my focus back to where it should be--the courage inside of myself--these quotes really help me:

“Every man has his own courage, and is betrayed because he seeks in himself the courage of other persons.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Live your daily life in a way that you never lose yourself. When you are carried away with your worries, fears, cravings, anger, and desire, you run away from yourself and you lose yourself. The practice is always to go back to oneself.” Thich Nhat Hanh

“Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing. Use the pain as fuel, as a reminder of your strength.” August Wilson


  1. Great quotes here. The first one resonated with me today.

  2. This is awesome! Keep up the inner-strength!

  3. Great quotes, Alyson. We have a family member fighting a very tough battle with Leukemia. Witnessing his courage and strength are what help me get through some days with Lyme. I've had really bad days, and some not-so-bad, but I realize that it could be worse.

    I use my pain as my fuel and a reminder of my strength every day. I celebrate my good days. And I remind myself that the bad days are (hopefully) going to be short lived.