I often think about kneeling on the ground to pray.
I don’t do it.
But I have the feeling of it.
It’s hard to be strong all the time.
Knowing that nobody can help you.
People who are strong, are strong endlessly.
I have never met someone who was strong for a few days and then wasn’t.
Once you are strong, you are strong forever.
How does strength feel? It hurts like hell.
I would go as far as to say, it feels like a blade.
You have to walk with it, speak with it, live with it.
The blade is situated inside your heart.
But nobody can see it from the outside.
You just look strong.
You don’t complain.
You don’t look hurt.
You go along with life almost as if you are bladeless.
On the outside it looks like strength.
From the inside it feels like pain.
Strong people hurt. Endlessly. Quietly.
I know you are one of them.
The strong person. With the blade in your heart.
Talking to someone about the blade is not easy, is it?
We think it is easier not to say anything about it.
After all, you are getting by fine.
Why speak of the blade?
I am like you, I hide my blades. And yes. There is more than one.
I hide my blades from everyone.
I don’t want them to think I am not strong.
But today I am telling you about them.
So you can do the same thing.
Tell someone about it.
I bet they have a blade too.
With vulnerability and blades,
Christina Rasmussen is the creator and founder of The Life Reentry Institute, Second Firsts, The Life Starters and Star Letters. Christina is on a crusade to help millions of people rebuild, reclaim, and relaunch their lives using the power of their own minds. Christina’s work has been featured on ABC News, NPR, The White House Blog, and MariaShriver.com. She is the bestselling author of Second Firsts: Live, Laugh, and Love Again, which has also been translated in Chinese and German and is currently working on her second book on expanding the mind in ways that allows co-creation with the forces of the universe. She is also writing her first work of fiction: a science fiction story about a woman on a quest to start over and begin a new life. You can find more information on her website and follow her on FB or Twitter.
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