Sesa O Connor
Sesa O Connor

Sesa O.

My strength is something internal, but none the less can be seen and felt.

“I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brace by reflection. ’Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.” Leonardo da Vinci

Some call me stubborn, others say I have a backbone made of steel, to a strangers eye they see a strong and independent woman. A single mom at 21, a girl who lost her father at 32, but none the less driven, a leader, a mother, a friend, an ally, a force to be reckoned with. But to those who really know me, they understand that I am not stubborn, I simply have an internal strength that gives me strong self-will. Yes they too see an independent woman that is stronger than most, who lost her father, who is killing it as a single mom, a friend, an ally and leader too many, but they also know where I get my strength from. 

My strength is something internal, but none the less can be seen and felt. The simple answer is that my strength comes from my faith, (faith being) “Faith is an unflinching trust in something Divine.”  Growing up I was taught that one cannot rely on one’s own strength alone, that I have to become fully dependent upon God, that I need to fall into complete acceptance that He is guiding my life, and that He will never give me something I can’t handle. Throughout my life I have done my best to live from this place, and from a place of “What would be most pleasing to God?” But even in the moments when I’ve veered off that path or tried to be independent of Him, experiences that to many are seen as traumatic and intense, He was and is still there bringing only growth, beauty, gratitude, and love into my life; leaving me stronger and better off for it.

One of the most common complements I get is “Sesa your are so strong it’s beautiful…I wish I had that strength.” But you know what? The most beautiful thing is that this is a strength we all poses, God is inside each and every one of our hearts, and He is just waiting for us to turn inward and ask for support.