The Power Within

Even against the greatest of odds, there is something in the human spirit – a magic blend of skill, faith and valor – that can lift men from certain defeat to incredible victory.

                                                                               – Walter Lord

The power of the human spirit is immeasurable, unimaginable and always a factor with utmost surprise. It is the power of this spirit that can actually move mountains, create nations, endure, persevere and succeed. It is one of the single most greatest strengths of being human. And one which puts us at the top of the theoretical food chain.

We survive wars, rise above emotionally crippling and traumatic experiences, fight life threatening diseases and illnesses and show courage to shine through in the darkest of times and places.

Examples of this have been there throughout history, since the dawn of time. From revolutions to the plagues. From the fight for independence to the fight for getting justice for someone. From the search for survivors to the people who fight Cancer and Aids and live a lot more then what would be expected (medically expected).

Helen Keller’s example – a child deemed “uneducable” who blossomed into a world-renowned figure – demonstrates the power of education to transform individuals, whole families and, in turn, entire communities. (

Then there are stories of revolutionaries, people who fought for independence for their respective nations. Jinnah, Gandhi. Their struggle is rooted with the strength of their spirit. Mandela’s struggle to free his people from apartheid. Martin Luther King Jr. and his fight against racism.

You will have to make up for the smallness of your size by your courage and selfless devotion to duty, for it is not life that matters, but the courage, fortitude and determination you bring to it

                                                                             – Muhammad Ali Jinnah

The birth of Islam and all that was borne by our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and the rest of his companions. In following Allah they also displayed key characteristics of patience, valor, an indomitable soul and extraordinary will power. In this world the most powerful element with all of us as humans is our mettle inside, our core.

It is there for the most gravest of matters and for things bigger then the individual as in the cases above. It is also there on individual levels. Stories of cancer survivors, handicapped individuals achieving key milestones are all laced with the special ingredient which is present in each and everyone of us. Regardless of the weapons, the machinery, the wealth and the worldly power that may accompany us, if the will is weak nothing can be achieved. If the will is strong it can make us do things and help us climb heights even without the aid of other elements.

It is also as important in the more lighter walks of life like sports, theatre and other arts.

All of us have it stored inside. And we are all given our lives because we are strong enough to live it. This world is after all a temporary stage and a test for the after life, the permanent life. That is our belief. To pass the test we must all appreciate the power that is there within ourselves. We must understand this power to help us go the distance.  To get through even the trials and tribulations of everyday lives which can be daunting at times is better done with the right channeling of that power within.

From soldiers to statesmen, from teachers to engineers to scientists to pilots, from sportsmen to journalists, from mothers to sons – every walk of life, every person, all of us have an incredible power deeply lying in us.


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