The strength to be weak

 to see oneself

 -- one’s weakness

 and to accept it -- in front of everyone


The strength to change, to move on -- against the tide -- all alone

The strength to demolish -- that which one had built

 in many long years

 with one’s own hands

 in great pain and with great love


And the strength to dream -- once again

The strength to build again

 to demolish again

 and to dream -- yet again


The ambition to achieve -- nothing

The ambition to make the effort

And the heart to see that -- as achievement


The courage to lose, and to see that -- as triumph

The courage to bear -- persecution, banishment

And the power to take revenge --

 by forgiving

 and loving

 and giving


The gift of giving -- one’s own self

 without letting anyone know

 and of smiling alone

(Asif Iftikhar)