Yesterday as Robbie and I took off on the Harley at 9:30 a.m. the morning was absolutely beautiful. My spirit reconnected with even the smallest blade of grass as I looked at the beauty around me. It especially touched my heart when the most wonderful, Best Selling Author and an amazing advocate Peter Thomas Senese took time out of his quiet day to be reminded of me as he looked at a beautiful yellow rose. He took a few moments to call and share this with me in a text. I am so thankful that my story of survival has touched his heart and built a wonderful friendship.
So, as I cruised along on the back of the bike, which is my favorite thing to do; it occurred to me, “What does standing strong mean”. Everyone has always told me, at least throughout my adult life, “Trish, just be strong and keep moving forward”. I take time to reflect now in my SAFE & LOVED WORLD, what does this mean and how has it built who I am today.
Standing strong means to endure cruelty beyond imagination and come out with a positive loving view of our world on the other side. As I looked at all of the beautiful terrain of our very flat midwest area, I was taken to thinking about the very smallest blade of grass. It stands there always, it takes all that mother nature dishes out and still remains standing. It’s very likely that you will never kill it even though it may go dormant for some time; it will return.
The grass is built by its roots. It gets its strength through how determined its roots are to hanging on. At times it has very few supporters around, but also it can be sitting pleasantly among many; standing and waiting to be counted.
The cycle of life begins with that blade of grass. It gives off oxygen for human life. It gives beauty, comfort, and safety to the minute bugs that live within its depth. We, as humans, give back to it the carbon dioxide that it needs to thrive and grow stronger with each day.
The meaning of standing strong is to simply endure, learn, and move forward. We all have a purpose in this world, even if we are not sure of that purpose. We are no less than life for that single blade of grass. Without our exhale it would not exist. When you find yourself in question of existence, first think of this note: I have to keep the grass alive!!!
Stand Strong and believe that the storms will pass. They may rock you and even threaten to loosen your ground, but they will pass and you will grow from the moisture they give. Every tear you shed will water your roots and you will grow wiser and more capable. We are survivors, each and every living micro on this planet. Children are the roots of life to come. Just as we plant that grass seed and provide it with water, nourishment and loving care; we must also provide the same to our children. Never allow the dark storms of abuse to take them from this cycle of life. They depend on us to protect and support them as they grow. This is much the same as the patches of grass that grow and slowly come together as a huge comfortable blanket to protect the earth they grow above & within.
You matter 🙂
(c)Patricia A. McKnight