This definition is pulled from Answers.com:
- The state, property, or quality of being strong.
- The power to resist attack; impregnability.
- The power to resist strain or stress; durability.
- The ability to maintain a moral or intellectual position firmly.
- Capacity or potential for effective action: a show of strength.
- The number of people constituting a normal or ideal organization: The police force has been at half strength since the budget cuts.
- Military capability in terms of personnel and materiel: an army of fearsome strength.
- A source of power or force.
- One that is regarded as the embodiment of protective or supportive power; a support or mainstay.
- An attribute or quality of particular worth or utility; an asset.
- Degree of intensity, force, effectiveness, or potency in terms of a particular property, as:
- Degree of concentration, distillation, or saturation; potency.
- Operative effectiveness or potency.
- Intensity, as of sound or light.
- Intensity or vehemence, as of emotion or language.
- Effective or binding force; efficacy: the strength of an argument.
- Firmness of or a continuous rising tendency in prices, as on the stock market.
- Games. Power derived from the value of playing cards held.
That’s a lot of language for what seems like a simple word. I still do not feel like it sums up the commendation that can be extended to friends and family. Strength comes in so many different forms, various ways that are only partly captured in the definitions above. Each of us has a strength that differs from the next. Together, when these strengths work in unison, and complement each other people can take on the world. There are some incredibly strong people out there, and I am fortunate to know so many of them. We are stronger than we know, you are stronger than you know, because we are not alone when we have family and friends.
Strength and character are always around us. Character: after all the words above it seems like that one is missing. Strength of character brings hope and possibility? Just throwing that one out there, as always thoughts are welcome.