I've been fortunate enough to find many women of strength to influence me, laugh with me, lift me when I cannot carry myself, share their joys and sorrows with me, and inspire me to be a better human being.
My aunt sent me this poem several years ago and said that I was a woman of strength in her life. I'm flattered that she believes that. For my own part, I can only say that the words in this poem are what I aspire to be some day.
A Strong Woman versus A Woman of Strength
A strong woman works out every day
to keep her body in shape,
but a woman of strength looks deep inside
to keep her soul in shape.
A strong woman isn't afraid of anything,
but a woman of strength shows courage
in the midst of her fear.
A strong woman won't let anyone
get the best of her,
but a woman of strength gives the best
of herself to everyone.
A strong woman makes mistakes
and avoids the same in the future,
but a woman of strength realizes life's mistakes
can also be blessings and capitalizes on them.
A strong woman walks sure footedly,
but a woman of strength knows
when to ask for help.
A strong woman wears the look of confidence on her face,
but a woman of strength wears grace.
A strong woman has faith
that she is strong enough for the journey,
but a woman of strength has faith
that it is in the journey that she will become strong.