Mettle – noun
a person's ability to cope well with difficulties or to face a demanding situation in a spirited and resilient way.
synonyms: spirit, fortitude, strength of character, moral fiber, steel, determination, resolve, resolution, backbone, grit, true grit, courage, courageousness, bravery, valor, fearlessness, daring
My Granny, Martha, used to refer to someone’s mettle and as a child I was confused because I thought she was saying “metal”. Which in a way was not that far off because I still interpreted it the same. She was talking about what they were made of. They were either strong or soft. With her there was no in between.
When life throws you a challenge you can either step up and give it all you have got or you can fold and wither away. And that is all determined on your mettle. In my family we have a long history of super strong women. These women could deal with anything you threw at them. They were the champions and cheerleaders for us all. When things went sideways they were the ones that pulled everyone up by their bootstraps and carried on. However, when it came to themselves they were the complete opposite. They didn’t fight for themselves, they would fight like hell for everyone else but when the tables were turned they didn’t fight for themselves. When life threw a curve ball at them they were the ones that gave up and withered away.
When it came to themselves, my husband’s family are the complete opposite… these women were not about to give into sickness. They fought to their last breath mainly because they were not willing to give up. They were all of the mindset that the Lord will not put any more on you than you can bear, but he sure can bend you double sometimes.
What are you made of?
If life threw you a curve ball how would you handle it? Fight or Flight ?
That is your mettle…