Strength comes when most in need
beneath the surface there is a seed,
At the darkest moment the seed will
And inner strength begin to show.
It doesn't matter who you are
a shy person or shining star,
When life is hard, or when it stings
you control whether you cry or sing.
You can smile when you're down
or perhaps you'd rather wear a frown,
It doesn't matter, problems
when strength becomes your new best
When your days are filled with gloom
dig way down so blossoms bloom,
Tap the strength that's deep inside,
and feel your heart fill with pride.
July 2003 Used with permission
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