Real Strength, Real Power

Strength Vs. Power

What is strength? What is power? Do these two words have anything in common? With a bit of surprise, they do. Simply put, having power means to have strength.

So, what does it mean to have strength? To have physical strength means to have well developed muscles to use as needed. To have physical strength means to have the ability to control and intimidate others, if desired. Other forms of strength such as psychological and emotional are much more desirable. To have psychological and emotional strength means to have learned how to deal with stressful situations in an appropriate manner. To have the psychological and emotional strength necessary for life today means having the capacity to understand and control the self. In other words, to have inner strength.

What is power? What does it mean to have power? Power is the force of strength. Physical strength is nothing without power. Power is what drives physical strength to dominate a weaker being. Power is what causes psychological and emotional strength to take over during a crisis. Power is the leading force behind inner strength.

The Power of Strength

Throughout the history of the world there have been many struggles of strength, as well as many of power. The winner is not always the one you would expect. Strength does not guarantee a victory and neither does power. Triumphs are determined by who caves in or gives up the fight. When the battle is over, whether it was a battle of strength or one of power, the combatants go their separate ways while thinking their own thoughts.

Communications between the sides take time to heal the wounds. Sometimes an injury cuts too deep or tears a significant hole in the trusting soul, bringing one or the other to resent the defeat. It doesn't take long for resentment to build itself into a desire for revenge.

The purpose of revenge is to inflict damage on an enemy. Entering a battle for the sole purpose of reciprocating damage is an act of surrender. Surrendering power. Who is the enemy we surrender to? An enemy is anyone we choose to give our power to who will misuse our power. Once we give it away we are powerless and seek the strength to recover our loss.

Strength and power are not always given away for free, sometimes it is stolen right in front of our eyes. Throughout the worlds history their have been numerous individuals who chose to steal the power of many, thinking it would make themselves more powerful. There have been many more individuals who have stolen or attempted to steal the strength and power of one other human being. The individuals who were successful are guilty of murder. The failed attempts of thievery were prevented by the power of strength.

© 2010 Rafini

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Rafini 6 years ago from Somewhere I can't get away from Author

Thanks Beth, glad you liked it! ^_^

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Beth100 6 years ago from Canada

Ah, Rafini, you have so simply explained how power and strength all tie intogether. You have given a strong lesson here, where everyone can learn from it. Thank you Rafini, for the clarity. Two thumbs up!! :)

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Rafini 6 years ago from Somewhere I can't get away from Author

It's strange, isn't it?

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ahorseback 6 years ago

There is about every combination out there you can imagine. Some weak people at home are bears at work, etc. a weak woman at home a terror at work, vice versa.... is seems so natural ,doesn't it , one always stronger than the other. Power struggles everywhere.

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Rafini 6 years ago from Somewhere I can't get away from Author

I hope so too, ahorseback. But, I've noticed it isn't always the case...too many people in positions of power abuse their power. Makes me wonder what they're like at home. :/

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ahorseback 6 years ago

Hey Rafini ,so true , I guess i missed some of your meaning but it's clear now , and that is always the nature of relating to anyone is it not? Any decent person and especially those of power ,realizes that difference , I hope.

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Rafini 6 years ago from Somewhere I can't get away from Author

Thanks ahorseback for the comment.

There are many types of relationships out there, besides husband and wife or parent and child. It seems to me that no matter what the relationship is, there will always be one dominant over the other(s), but, does dominant mean abusive? It doesn't have to. Dominant can mean physically, mentally, or psychologically stronger, or a stronger personality. It could also mean the person with stronger beliefs or convictions. No matter which form of dominance exists in a relationship, it's up to the dominant partner to remember they are not the only person in the relationship and to consider the other person's needs too.

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ahorseback 6 years ago

Rafini As a man , this abusing of power and strength has always been something that makes me angry , to see a man exploit the power he has over a woman or a child ! We have all seen it. And a system that allows it to happen, in it's bungling ways, is the real tragedy ! One great reason for vigalantes . Any man who hurts a woman or child doesn't deserve life. We as men and women have to end this now. Great article.

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Rafini 6 years ago from Somewhere I can't get away from Author

Thanks HC, but I didn't intend to make anyone cry (other than myself - and that was only because it scared the $H!t out of me!!) Thanks for commenting, I appreciate it. :)

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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State

I am sure that this hub wast meant to make one cry-but it did. This is such a powerful hub, with a very important message-thanks for sharing this. Rated Up! I would write a much better comment, but my eyes are blurry from the tears...

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Rafini 6 years ago from Somewhere I can't get away from Author

Georgiana85 - thank you for visiting and I agree. It's an important message. :)

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Georgiana85 6 years ago

Very good, more people should read this, some may have something to learn.


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Rafini 6 years ago from Somewhere I can't get away from Author

Thank you Chaotic Chica, and thank you for reading. :)

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Chaotic Chica 6 years ago

very well put.

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Rafini 6 years ago from Somewhere I can't get away from Author

Exactly LPogue! But sometimes in order to take action one must first acknowledge the presence of inner strength.

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LPogue 6 years ago from Missouri

No one deserves to be abused. If someone is hurting you, take action and get out.

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Rafini 6 years ago from Somewhere I can't get away from Author

Thank you Faybe Bay & Dom. To be honest, I didn't know where I was going with it until I got to the last 3 lines and when it hit me, I was a basket of nerves. I wasn't sure if my message was good or not. Thanks, again. :)

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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida

This is amazing Rafini! I rated you up. I have felt a failure in myself at times because I had to give up in order to stay alive. The life was more important than the battle. There were other lives that I had to protect, to break the cycle, so that they would learn it was not right to fall under the hand of oppression.

Thank you for defining it for me. I feel like a winner after all. It was the other who was the loser. Missing out on the lives that I saved.

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