I like to joke about being egotistical. I do like and love myself. I no longer struggle with tons of self doubt, sel loathing, and a total lack of self confidence. Such a weight off my entire being.
I'm known to crack jokes about how awesome I am. I do so in the company of people who know me well enough to know that I'm kidding around.
Confidence is something that just kind of happens for me. Doesn't mean I don't get nervous. I certainly do. But my faith and my general outlook on life help keep nerves in check. I simply do the things I am called to do with the best purpose and intention behind them.
I say all of that to say that I think I could list a lot of my strengths pretty easily.
But my weaknesses? That's a little more challenging.
I could easily list my food weaknesses. My affection for cool ranch doritos, brownie mix, nutella, and more are almost legendary - at least in my mind.
I sometimes feel like I'm lazy. Some people who know me scoff when I say that. But I am lazy when it comes to housework. When it comes to exercise.
I sometimes struggle with gossip. Sometimes I do talk about people with love and concern. But sometimes it's just to talk.
What about weaknesses that aren't character based?
If my husband were to pop a piece of Big Red gum in his mouth and then grab me and kiss me... I wouldn't be able to resist.
When my son looks at me with his Big Brown Eyes... I completely melt.
When my daughter shows that she is more independent and responsible... my heart flutters in my chest.
I don't think that weakness has to be a bad thing. We tend to hear that word and immediately go to character flaws, problems, lack of something.
There is an exercise mantra that says, "Pain is weakness leaving the body." And I suppose that's true. In a physiological sense, as the muscle is worked it tears slightly in order to build up. Pain creates strength. Strength being the opposite of weak.
But then I think about my husband's kiss, my son's eyes, my daughter's heart. And if something dreadful were to happen to one of them... when they struggle or face hard times... I feel pain. It takes on a different meaning.
What are your weaknesses?