47 thoughts on “Strength: It’s In There

  1. Regular doses of the outdoors and quiet time (sometimes together but not always) help me tap the strength, along with a liberal dose of coffee. I always say that will is stronger than muscle, especially when it comes to activities like hiking a mountain or biking up a hill. But I guess it applies to life in general!

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  2. Love it, Coleen! You’re so skilled at telling stories and inspiring fans with images. 🙂 My radio show’s giving me strength today. I barely slept last night, but knowing I get to go into the studio and do work I love perks me up more than vats of java. 😉

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  3. I sigh a lot, then I sigh some more, then I tell myself that my ass will get smaller if I just get off the couch and go do whatever needs to be done. There’s my inspiration; wanting a smaller butt.

    And then, when the deed is done, I celebrate with ass-building alcohol. It’s a vicious cycle, but if I quit drinking the booze, I’ll have not motivation to get off my backside. No workey – no drinkey.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

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  4. What a lovely inspirational post, Coleen. My inner strength, such as it is :), comes from family and friends, quiet walks with my dogs, soaking up a little sunshine when I get a chance, and hanging out around horses – true balm for the soul. I used to drink coffee too… but I had to give it up because it gave me a stomachache! 🙂

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  5. Love this, Coleen, and Mark Twain was right 🙂 I think living gratefully keeps the inner strength “tank” full most of the time, and on the days I feel like the needle’s on empty, I consciously recall the many things I’m grateful for and ALways ask God for the fuel I need for that stretch of the trip. Without His love and support and that of family and friends, I’d be destitute in every way, for sure.

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    1. Me too. I’ve had to give up almost all the milks (plural because I think I’ve tried every kind!) that I used to put in it, but I’m ok as long as I can still have the coffee.

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  6. Inner strength – that is what keeps me going… it is the notion that what I have to do is very important and valuable… with only a handful of days remaining in the school year I need all the strength I can muster. I always start my day coffee and the reminder that what I am doing is making a difference for some kids, not all kids, but for those that I am making a difference for – it’s huge. Our topic this month is perseverance and we are making in roads… one student at a time, one day at a time. thanks. Always love your posts.. hoping you have a wonderful day and week to come.

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    1. I love that you have these great topics to discuss at school. I imagine these are lessons these kids will take with them and remember. Thanks, Clay. And back at ya for your own thought provoking, inspiring posts!

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  7. I wish I had something wise and profound to say. Coffee gets me going, and fear of perishing before I accomplish my goals usually keeps me moving forward. A glass of wine is my end-of-day reward. Some days, looking forward to that glass of wine is the best motivation of all. Love your photos, Coleen.

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  8. Really great photos. And, I love Mark Twain’s quote. My inner strength is there for me in unexpected moments. I think it’s something we are constantly nurturing within us, consciously or unconsciously. Great post to ponder.

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