Have you ever considered that your greatest weakness is actually your greatest strength?
One day my friend and I were talking and she was feeling bad about herself. She was convinced she had failed herself once again by falling back in to her old habit that she deemed as wrong. What I saw in that moment was not that there was anything wrong with her. In fact I saw the total opposite to be true. That what she saw as weakness was in fact strength and a strength of character that I would love to have as well.
Something changed for both of us that day. We began to see that perhaps what we always considered to be our greatest weakness was actually our greatest strength. Who knew?!
Of course the thing that I judged myself for the most up until then was how much I loved. How much I loved love. I loved being in love. I loved falling in love. I loved seeing love. I loved feeling love. I loved sharing and expressing love. I loved hearing about loving relationships and how they met. I loved romance and all random acts of kindness done in love. I loved people, some for no apparent reason. I even, usually, saw the good in situations and people, sometimes blindly because of love. However, I also struggled with how love would break my heart. How long I would grieve over loss. How much my heart would ache every time another relationship ended. Sometimes I could even be resigned about love. Wondering how others could treat each other poorly in the name of love. Yeah pretty much the adventure of love that you have been reading about so far, the story of my life.
Well little did I know, one day, I would be challenged to look at it from a totally different point of view all together. What if this was a strength and not a weakness? What if this was part of my journey that would someday become the context for a book? Trust me the idea of writing a book about love and how it shaped my life horrified me until one day I really could see it as a gift rather than a curse.
What if your perceived greatest weakness IS your greatest strength? What if you being you, all of you, even the things you don’t like about yourself, is a gift and exactly what this world requires?
~Excerpt from Venus’ upcoming Book ‘Here to Forever’
The Strength archetype, of course, has an unbelievable amount of strength. This can be physically, emotionally, mentally or spiritually depending on what life experiences they have had.
Often Strength, as an archetype, didn’t have the easiest childhood so they become super strong and independent. Developing the ability and mind set that they can make it through anything.
The challenge then for them, as they get older, is to let others contribute to them. To get that there is strength and maybe more available working with others rather than always proving it can be done by themselves.
Where are you trying to do it all by yourself? Is there something you are trying to prove? Is that creating the life and living you’d truly like to have? Would you be willing to give the gift of allowing others to contribute to you? Would you be willing to consider that receiving and vulnerability are also great strengths?
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Image from the Shadowscapes Tarot by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law