Sometimes we don’t know our own strength, until we come face to face with our greatest weakness.
The Strength of Weakness
Be wary of the very strong
And they shall become weak.
Be dismissed as being weak –
And that shall be your strength.
Remember that the oceans place themselves
Below the land;
But all rivers flow into them.
And remember, too,
That water – the most Pliant of all substances –
Has shaped continents.
Often we believe that our vulnerability or surrendering to life is weakness, or that being stoic and determined is a sign of strength. Neither is true. A complete acceptance of who we are and of “what is” in every moment, is what shapes our lives and allows courage and strength to grow within.
27 thoughts on “The Strength of Weakness”
Great post Karen 😀
Thankyou Irene ❤️
Wonderful words! Thank you.
Thankyou Nico 🙏🏻
Couldn’t agree more. So many strive to fulfill expectations of what society determines is worthy rather than focusing on developing the character and personality of who they really are.
Thankyou Jonathan. It’s true and we have to change that pressure on ourselves to survive.
Very well put Karen. Why is that so hard for us to grasp? ❤
It is difficult to learn, but it really does work and I am trusting it more and more. Thankyou Diana.
I agree. There is so much strength in vulnerability. When we can be vulnerable, we sort of get out of our own way, or out of fear and come from a place heart. Thanks Karen.
Peace and Love
So true Mary. To let down the barriers that stop us from connecting to our heart. Thankyou. 🙂
PS And it takes courage to be vulnerable! As you well know.
Love this quote – ‘water – the most Pliant of all substances –
Has shaped continents.’ It says it all.
I agree Eliza! I love it too.
Ahh, we live with paradox, like it or not. This post reminds me of the scriptural phrase, ‘the last will be first and the first will be last.’ What an amazing journey!
We do! A perfect phrase too. Thankyou ❤️
A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Jesus knew this. That is why He chose Peter to be the cornerstone of His Church.
Very true Alan. Thankyou and have a great day 😀
A great reminder to fully accept who we are and what is in every moment! I wish that would be easier to live that truth. Just when I think I’m there I catch myself not accepting what is 🙂
Yes me too Helen. Always a practice but I do think we get much better at it ❤️💛
This has always been my way of thinking. Every strength can be a weakness, and vice versa. Balance is always the answer. 😉 It is my one of my strategic strengths to show my vulnerabilities, to be innocuous, and to display weakness.
Wonderful Rommel! You definitely have an understanding of balance 💚
That is so beautiful Karen.
Thankyou Kath. Nice to hear from you ❤️
Karen I tried to purchase your book at my local store but they can’t get it so I will purchase it soon from your site, slow but will get to it after all the bills are paid lol xxx
Sorry you couldn’t get it. In Melb where some friends are, I called Dymmocks and they now stock the book. If you had enough interest in your area I am sure they would stock it too, but my book will be around for awhile, so no rush. 🙂
Okay we don’t have a Dymmocks here but Im sure my sisters in Sydney would. Looking forward to getting my own copy xx