Strength and Honor
Anyone who has seen Gladiator knows this phrase pretty well.
Be strong, have honor. There was a day when people actually thought about such things, when people were moved by such concepts. Today, it’s a line from a movie. We hardly think twice about what it actually means.
What does it mean for us to have strength? Does it mean physical strength? Not specifically. It means you must have strength of the heart and soul and mind. Strength of your convictions & your beliefs. It means you work to grow, to get “stronger” at something. You never stop growing, you never stop “working out”. It means you might be able to heft large rocks, but you shouldn’t bash people in the head with said rocks for cheap entertainment… No matter how much they may deserve it and how gratifying it might feel…
To be honorable is to respect yourself and others. To do what right for overtone. Honorable men (and women) are selfless, they stand up for the little guy. Honorable men treat everyone with respect. Not just those who we feel deserve it, or those who are easy to respect.
True honor also has integrity. When you say you are going to do something, you do it. If you do something, you do it to the best of your ability. You are honest, caring, and accept responsibility for your actions.
What would the world look like if we all (men and women) started living our lives with strength and honor? I think the world would be a much better place to live.
What about you? What does living with strength and honor mean to you? Leave your thoughts in the comments!