Web sites and magazines offer advice, usually dealing with a combination of business or financial success, along with some measure of physical attractiveness.
You need to dress the right way, drive the right car (or truck, see below) wear this aftershave or cologne.
But as Tyler Durden might say, “You’re not your job. You’re not how much money you have in the bank. You’re not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet.”
A man, one with true strength, is recognized by his virtue and that very word derives from the Latin word for man, vir.
With that, we propose the following 4 qualities of a truly strong man.
1. – You work and act responsibly. You ensure that the work you do benefits you, your family and community, the earth and its creatures, and future generations. You do not act in a way to put the safety, health, and well-being of others at risk.
2. – You promote peace rather than violence and aggression. You work to understand others and reconcile when relationships have been broken.
3. – When you speak, your words are truthful and healing. You recognize the value of silence. You also recognize the value of speaking words of kindness and compassion. Benjamin Franklin resolved to “speak not but what may benefit others or yourself.”
4. – You smile and laugh (often at yourself). As Mother Theresa said, “we shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do” and laughter is known to reduce stress and provide a number of other health benefits. In addition, learning to laugh at yourself can help you maintain an appropriate sense of humility and prevent damaging comparisons to others.
Or you can spend over $20k on a truck to show everyone how cool you really are.
Previously published on STAND magazine
By: Dwayne D. Hayes