Strength and Weakness

“Sometimes you don’t realize your own strength until you come face to face with your greatest weakness” – Susan Gale

Your life is your battlefield in which your strength is your weapon and your weakness is the loophole of your defeat. A good warrior is one who is well aware of his weapons and loopholes. Often, we get into a state of denial towards our weakness. Instead of attending to them, we deny their existence. If somebody else utilizes it before you, they can use it against you. Your ignorance in order to feel perfect costs you big stakes in life.

It is important to understand that nobody is perfect. Every person grows up to develop a set of flaws and strengths. Life is nothing but a battlefield where you constantly fight your weakness using your strengths. But like in any war, it is very important to understand your weapons and the enemy.

What is your strength?

Strength is any trait of yours that helps you deal with the challenges in life. These are the traits that you are aware and confident. These traits may be your confidence, positivity, presence of mind, etc. It is always an internal aspect. It is a trait that is completely under your control. Your dependence on any external factor, a person, or material cannot be categorized as a strength as external factors are not under your control. It is merely a weakness in disguise. Strength is what is within you.

What is your weakness?

Your weakness is any trait of yours that you are not aware of. These are the traits that you are not confident about and stay in a state of denial towards it in order to make yourself feel better. It is that aspect of yours that you did not explore until now. The majority of people do not prefer looking at a side of theirs that distort their image of being perfect. The problem arises when other people notice your denial and start using it against you. In order to demoralize you, they bring up conversations and create situations that deal with that trait of yours. It reduces your productivity and generates a sense of failure within you. Eventually, you end up losing many battles of life. This denial arises out of the false pride that we portray in front the society. It arises because we spend all our time covering our weaknesses instead of attending to it.

It’s time that we accept that human beings are not perfect. It’s ok to have traits that you are yet to explore. It only becomes your weakness when you go into a state of denial. Life is a process that involves constant evolution. There always be something to work on. You don’t have to be perfect; you just have to make sure you constantly evolve. It’s only these small baby steps that make a person successful.

Published by Sruti Shivakumar

An architect from India on a journey of self exploration

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