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My Softness is My Strength



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My Softness is My Strength

I recently had some difficult conversations with a couple of people. What was said was important. The important thing was me actually having the conversations. That was epic for me. I am the type of person who would usually go with the flow and if it’s something that’s not going to kill me even though I totally didn’t agree with it, I would let it slide. But then, I would later be upset that I didn’t say anything, that I didn’t speak my truth.

A few weeks ago, I decided that behavior was detrimental to me. I wasn’t speaking from a place of authenticity and my spirit was dying because of it. In one of the conversations, I was told that I was just too soft, as in weak, as in a doormat. I had to really contemplate that for a moment. Was I too soft? Did that indicate that I was a weak person? Now in no way do I ever consider myself weak. You can’t be a weak person if your pick up and move across country with yourself and a few dollars in your pocket. You can’t be a weak person to work in the lion’s den aka corporate America.

So, no I am no weak, but still, that comment bothered me. I mulled it over for a few days. Here’s what I came up with:

• People who make those types of comments usually are reflecting what they are feeling inside.

• Being kind and generous to others when they don’t deserve it is the ultimate test of strength – just ask Jesus.

• Because I can express compassion and still stand strong represents the fact that my softness is my strength.

So, the next time someone tells you something that at first seems like a put-down, think about it, consider the source, look within and stand in your own truth. You know you, better than anyone else in this world! Never let anyone else tell you who you are, you know you. You know the goodness that you bring!

Live Strong – even when your softness is your strength!

Until next time, enjoy the journey!

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