Embrace Your Power

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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?

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.

Emotionalsubject to or easily affected by emotion (any of the feelings of joy, sorrow, fear, hate, love, etc.)

Sensitive: having acute mental or emotional sensibility; aware of and responsive to the feelings of others

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 want to change 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.

glinda

Will you embrace your power?

nikkibluesig

**Originally posted on Flying Through Water in April 2017


19 thoughts on “Embrace Your Power

  1. I think our interactions with strangers really tell us who we are more than with family and friends. I agree with you that our weaknesses can become strengths. And living with multiple sclerosis, I have found many aids that can accomplish that. And I have to be strong enough to use them!

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  2. Oh Nikki, you and I share some very common traits! This was like reading about myself, and yes, others often see them as weaknesses in me, like there is something wrong with me. May your words help me to stop feeling apologetic about those things which make me who I am. Thanks! 😉

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  3. I hear you Nikki. I didn’t even let myself acknowledge my own sensitivity for many decades. It manifested through isolation and sullen silences. Miserable.

    I’ve recognized (and accepted) the fact that I’m a guy. AND I’m sensitive. Sensitive to the pain in others. Sensitive to unintended slights or dangers. And sensitive to opportunities to connect with those in need in ways that many would miss.
    Cheers Nikki!

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    1. I don’t know why we sensitive people find some kind of shame in it initially. It’s too bad that the world around us shows us we should for some reason. If we’re lucky we finally find the confidence in ourselves…and hopefully the support system and right tribe to embrace who we are and to see what a true gift we have. 🙂 I’m glad you did. 🙂

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  4. Beautiful Nikki…
    Welcome to the joy of accepting those parts of us we were ashamed of. I’m both those too, and last year was monumental for me in finally accepting these parts I was once ashamed of…
    Thank you for spreading this vital message and wishing you all the best as you settle into a new way of seeing yourself…it’s sheer freedom 💐😍😍

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