This piece, titled "Inner Strength" by an unknown author, really captures what inner strength means.
If you can start the day without caffeine or pep pills,
If you can be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,
If you can eat the same food everyday and be grateful for it,
If you can understand when loved ones are too busy to give you time,
If you can overlook when people take things out on you when,
through no fault of yours, something goes wrong,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
If you can face the world without lies and deceit,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without liquor,
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,
If you can do all these things...
...Then you are probably the family dog.
Funny but so true. They don't need an alarm to wake up at the same time every morning, happy to greet a new day. Ok, some dogs grumble and complain - my family once had a white German Shepherd who fussed and grumbled like Walter Mathau as he aged, but even his grumbling was funny. Eat the same food every day and be grateful? Absolutely, anyone who's ever seen their dog inhale a meal in 10 seconds or less knows that phenomenon. Relax without liquor - sure, and a game of fetch never hurt either.
It's funny but true.
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