Kia kaha is a Māori phrase used by the people of New Zealand as an affirmation, meaning stay strong.
As I write my Blog and put my thoughts and feelings down, I hope as always that those that follow me find some benefit in identifying with my journey. When I receive feedback from readers saying how much they appreciate my writing, I feel I become stronger and more able to work through this Parkies life.
This Blog and it’s readers give me strength and support and it brings me to joy to know I am making a difference in people’s lives.
There is a saying in New Zealand, which is often used in situations that are difficult. ‘Kia Kaha – Stay strong’ is a heartfelt message that I would like to give to you. Stay strong and know that you have the ability to get through this. There will be times when things are tough, but as many of us have in the past, we got through other tough times and we can get through this.
If you find that things are getting too tough to handle on your own, reach out to your community, your Whanau (family) and professionals who can help. Being strong is not just about standing in your own space and managing, it is also knowing when to ask for help. It sometimes takes strength and courage to reach out and say you need help. It is not a weakness, but a strength to know when you need a helping hand.