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There is beauty in admitting weakness.

We often want others to be drawn to us by our strength and perseverance. We rely on other people’s perceptions of us to drive us forward. But what if we dared show our weakness? Would people think less of us? Would others start to put us down? Or worse, would they think that make them better than us?

The answer is no.

For one, there’s a lot of healing that takes place when we tell others about our faults. When we share the stories of how we got to a certain place or reached a certain feat, we step into a realm of relatability. It’s important to share how we put our all into something but didn’t quite get what we wanted. It’s important to expose how this made us feel, and how he did or did not dwell on it. And it’s important to show how we used opportunities like these to learn, grow or accomplish something else.

You never know whose life you can positively affect when you share your story of struggle and triumph. You might just be giving hope to someone who really needed it.

You may not realize it, but that person may have needed to know that despite hardships now their goal is right around the corner; or that even if they never achieve their goal, life still goes on.

So share the victories. Share your talents. Share the areas that you dominated in, but also do not be afraid to share your losses. Share the times you came up short, too. Share the times you were really disappointed. What did you do? How did you cope? Was there someone there for you? How did you bounce back? Create a model that your son or daughter can follow when they face adversity or don’t seem to make the mark. Communicating your story may be the ladder that helps them climb out of failure.

 

-JH

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