WOMEN in RECOVERY – Strength of Character

Strength in Character is found

Strength of character means the ability to overcome resentment against others,

to hide (heal) hurt feelings, and to forgive quickly.”






“When you are at your weakest, you have the best opportunity to build strength. When all hope seems lost, you have the best opportunity to make change. When it seems like things are going nowhere, you have the best opportunity to create a new path.


I am sure that if you reflect on your past you will remember times when you thought that you were weak and found that you were strong. Did you survive an addiction, an illness, a divorce, death, financial crisis or employment crisis. Didn’t you find out that you were made of much more than you thought?


I remember a quote that goes something like this. The hotter the water, the stronger the tea. The same is true for you and I. We find that when the going gets genuinely tough, we somehow manage to put on our big person britches and get things done. We become stronger in the face of adversity and change.

  • I spent a lot of time beating myself up about weakness.
  • I have always been anti-victim.
  • I have always applauded strength.
It is as if weakness is seen as, well, weak, and I do not like that adjective associated with me.


  • It takes a lot of fire to melt metal.
  • It takes a lot of mettle to start a fire.
  • You are stronger than you know.
  • It is the heat that forges your strength.
  • Be strong.”

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