The strength of a man isn't seen in the width of his shoulders.It's in the width of his arms that encircle you.
The strength of a man isn't in the deep tone of his voice.It's in the gentle words he whispers.
The strength of a man isn't how many buddies he has.It's how
good a buddy he is with his children.
The strength of a man isn't in how respected he is at work.It's in how respected he is at home.
The strength of a man isn't in how hard he hits.It's in how tender he touches.
The strength of a man isn't in the hair on his chest.It's in his heart, that lies within his chest.
The strength of a man isn't how many women he's loved.It's in being true to one woman.
The strength of a man isn't in the weight he can lift.It's in the burdens he can carry.
© July 15, 1999 Jacqueline Marie Griffiths
via Pulpit Helps
Source for the above poem: http://www.appleseeds.org/strength_man.htm
In the past, man depicts power, authority, and dominance. These qualities were derived from our previous ancestors. Who once lived in caves or jungles during those times, it is the physical strength of man that puts him on top. By his strength he draws his power, authority, and dominance.
This was the past. And by time, this status has changed dramatically. The meaning of Manliness in present is determined not anymore by physical attributes. Man’s manliness is now more highlighted on the values that govern his character and personality.
Man’s strength is grounded on his values, and is visible thru his character. These values will always differ from one man to another. As each person’s values in life are not the same. The key to unlocking this strength is first discovering the values in life. From these values he would then be able to set his goals in his life.
I am not a man of strength myself. But I draw this strength from my child, which in turn opens my eyes to the values that I should possess. Outline my goals. If I cannot realize my dreams then better be dreaming than not dreaming at all.
Long ago, measuring a man’s strength is determine by man’s struggle against the challenges of his environment, in these modern times it is the struggle against himself that will measure his strength.