Weakness…… what are you good for?

At your greatest – You make me feel like I failed.

At other times you are just more like an inconvenience.

Either way, this is generally not an experience I enjoy all that much!

I heard a line in a movie recently that caused me to reflect a bit more on this, or maybe it was because it brought to me a reality check.

The line was, “we all have weaknesses”.

The comforting thought from this line was the use of the word ALL. This brought with it the realization that others faced challenges just like me and at times also felt weak, tired and frail.

Yet I still wonder how such an emotion or challenge could be for my good, could become a benefit to my life and could cause me to be a better person, because surely a weakness just highlights how incapable I am?

Sure life happens to us all, there are situations in life that really suck, and times that we wish we did not have to experience, but wishing this does not stop them. Believe me I know this from trying to wish or pray hard enough. Yet those times still keep knocking on the door of my life.

But in reality, it is not the good times that have made me the person that I am today. It is not in the good times that I am reminded of how strong I really am. It is, in fact, at the times when the weaknesses that I have, come to the surface.  And from experience this seems to be what painful experiences expose the most.

The tough times when I feel so frail, let down and wondering what went wrong are in fact the experiences that are the training ground for my future. Each and every trial, hard time or challenge is stronger than the last and therefore even with as must resistance as I want to use (though this only seems to prolong the pain or learning experience) I become more aware of what I am not so great at – yep in other words, I become more aware of my weakness.

Yet, I still wonder how something good can come from this?

The weakness, as real as it is, is also a part of me that is my strength.

Returning to the line in this movie, the weakness that was being spoken of was that of his family, when in fact if this was looked into deeper it was also his strength. It was because of the support, love and power he felt from his family that he could be strong, show his resilience and keep focused.

So in a more thorough reflection of this, his weakness was actually one of his greatest strengths.

WOW! So there is the good side of a weakness.

Each and every moment, experience or challenge of our lives highlights an attribute, maybe a strength, maybe a weakness or maybe both.

This simple aha! moment has become like a treasured piece of gold to me, like a piece of armor for my next challenge and a more pleasant and reassuring way to view my weakness.

Or dare I say it? Caused me to be thankful for my weakness?

Maybe you can find comfort in my recent learning experience or in the word that was a highlight to me, i.e. the word “ALL” –  or maybe both.

Either way, please always remember that you are never alone, never the only one going through challenges; but even when you are, you do so being always loved.



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