I’ve been on this track of self-care and self awareness for awhile now. Periodically I have these moments that I call a-ha moments. I had one the other day and that is what I want to share with you. In our lives we are taught who we are. We start learning who we are at a very young age. We learn this from our parents, our families, our teachers, our friends and sometimes even perfect strangers.
These things become a part of who we are. We take them on as truths…not opinions. As we get older, a lot of us get to a point where we can separate some of the blatant, crappy opinions from fact. So we are left with this pile of facts…about who we are.
But facts are not always facts.
Hopefully when you are in deep self reflection you see your strengths. I know you know your ‘weaknesses’….but hopefully, you know your strengths as well.
What if some of those ‘weaknesses’ that you carry around were actually your most powerful assets?
What if the very thing you wish you could change about yourself is actually something so valuable you should treasure it?
I’ll use me as an example. 🙂
I’ve been labeled as sensitive and emotional. Words that when used in a certain tone describe me as weak. Think about it. When you hear:
Why are you being so emotional? OR There is no need to be so sensitive!
It turns those words into very negative things.
But why? Who makes that rule? Who chooses?
The definition of these two words are not negative.
The other day during my a-ha moment I realized that a lifetime of looking at 2 of my biggest traits as a burden, was long enough.
Being emotional and sensitive are gifts. I am able to feel things deeply that others may not even notice. I have insights that others may not even contemplate. I think about things in my own way and that way is inspired by emotion and sensitivity.
Do I feel pain too deeply sometimes? Yes. Do I take on things that are not mine to carry? Yes. Are my feelings more volatile and my reactions more intense than the average persons? Yes.
But I’m also intuitive to others….like my husband, son and friends. I’m compassionate and empathetic and I truly have a drive to support and understand.
I FEEL my way through life.
Why would I ever not want that?
The very things that I’ve looked at as weaknesses are in fact the things that have made me the person I am today. From that a-ha moment on, I will embrace my power in emotion and sensitivity. No more shame…only gratitude for the gifts I’m lucky to call mine.
Will you embrace your power?