Perhaps strength doesn’t reside in having never been broken, but in the courage required to grow strong in the broken places. ~Kristen Jongen
Compassionate Friends is pretty active on Facebook where it posts words of advice and comfort for bereaved parents. Recently it asked its members what they feel when someone comments on how strong they are. One of the responses is the above quote. It resonates with me. I’m making my way through my journey which includes growing strong in my broken places. And then there are the days and moments when I feel beyond broken.
I believe strength comes in several forms: emotional, spiritual, mental and physical. I’ve mentioned these four types before. From training and racing, I feel myself growing stronger physically as each day passes. During my low-beyond-broken-periods, I believe it’s this physical strength that helps me with or, at the very least, provides temporary fillers in some of my broken places.
As odd as it may sound, I like to think Noah is helping me with my broken places since he gives me strength as I train and race. He is my inspiration after all.