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When we are strong we are able to call upon those skills and qualities that let us withstand stress. We stay firm in our purpose and clear in our thinking despite hardships or social pressures. True strength requires not that we stick to a chosen course no matter what, but that we adapt and persist in the service of our goals.

Strength is not about finding life consistently easy; it is about doing what needs to be done. It is not about denying emotions such as grief, sorrow, or despair, but about moving through them--and knowing when we must rely on the strength of others to carry us through.

We draw strength from each other, our sense of purpose, our joys and our dreams.