As part of the June challenge from one of my Peppy Party Team, I am supposed to write a blog about my inner strength. We all have our strengths and weaknesses, but it's not often you're asked to talk about them. That is unless you're in a job interview or on a therapist's couch! Today, I've decided to take a shot at it from home!
The first thing that came to mind was that I'm a very compassionate person. I really DO feel your pain -- as cliche as that sounds! People have always come to me for comfort and often I've found - I don't even have to say anything. I just listen and BE THERE for them. This strength has led through many happy and sad circumstances. It has taken me many years to realize that it is actually a gift. It has allowed me to work with children with physical and mental challenges, animals, elderly, palliative care patients and their families. You get the picture - pretty much anyone who is at some sort of a vulnerable disadvantage. People would say to me - -"Oh how can you work with that all the time? Doesn't it just make you sad?" They couldn't be further from the truth! I can honestly say that I've learned far more than I could ever have offered to any of the people I've had the privilege to work with! Yes - I feel sad with them and for them sometimes, but I also feel a great deal of hope, love and trust. Obviously there is some sort of vibe I give off that tells them I am trustworthy and reliable. With that bestowed upon me, I feel empowered to empower them. What a gift!
Funny how Spark works the same way! People with a common issue share an instant sort of bond that reaches right into your heart. At first, I was very hesitant. Apparently, I'm much better at giving than receiving, but this blog is about strengths, so we won't go there right now! lol
Someone once asked me, "So you get strength from the weakness of others?" Again -- couldn't be further from the truth! Since when does feeling and showing emotion a weakness? Or how about asking for some help or support? Is that a weakness too?
It has taken me years of experience to recognize that the more I permit people to share their humanity with me, the better off everyone is.
To me, the principles of SP have proven the same. The more I put into this program - the more I get out of it. It doesn't matter how much I weigh, or what or how much I eat or exercise -- it's the humanity here that is the back bone.
I will be forever grateful for all I've received here and hope that I can find many ways of contributing in kind. It's not about me. It's about WE.
Thank you for permitting me to be a part of that "we."