30 Days: Day 14: Five Strengths

Describe 5 strengths you have.

1. My determination. Or otherwise known as my stubbornness. Sometimes it can be a hindrance, but other times it’s an asset. The best thing you can do for me is tell me “you can’t do that,” because it will only make me want to do it more just to prove you wrong. (Disclaimer: If you try to pull reverse psychology on me it won’t work. Plus, I really don’t like to be told I can’t do things, so if you want to avoid the wrath of my glares don’t tell me I can’t do things.) But yeah, I’m a determined goal. When I want something I go for it. Even if it’s crazy. You don’t know until you try, right?

2. I’m laid back. I’d like to think of myself as a “chill” person. I really like to go with the flow and let things just happen. This lets me alleviate some stress in life. At the same time I can be organized. So maybe I should change this one to “versatility.”

3. Jack of all trades. Okay, so I’m not really skilled in ALL trades. I mean, give me a break. But I do have a lot of random skills. I may not be phenomenal at one thing, but I can do a lot of things. Like dance, tap, sing, play the clarinet, cello, and tenor saxophone, write, paint t-shirts, web design, etc. It’s a really long list. Yeah, it’s kind of depressing that I’ll never be amazing at one thing, but then again I’ll get to experience so many different things.

4. I like to see things from different perspectives. There’s always two sides to a coin, right? Don’t get me wrong, when I’m determined I can be single minded, but I usually try to keep an open mind. Especially when it comes to people and their opinions. We’re all different with different backgrounds and different thoughts. That’s what makes us so interesting, so unique. I love that about people. Everyone is different and everyone has their own thing that they can offer to this world. Why on earth would we limit ourselves to one train of thought? God didn’t limit the earth to one type of person. That’s why I make it my goal to try to understand things from other’s perspectives. It keeps life more interesting and it helps me to understand my perspectives better. So here’s my little plug, try to look at life through a new lense. It’s fun, interesting, and in the end it will help you understand life a whole lot better.

5. I believe in change. This doesn’t mean that I like change. In fact, change terrifies me and sometimes I try to avoid it at all costs. But recently I’ve been trying to change this about myself. Change can be a good thing, it can be refreshing. I mean, we’ve come to this earth to learn and to grow, to change and become more like our Heavenly Father. If we’re not willing to change anything about ourselves then what is the point of struggling through life? Okay, that sounds a little dramatic. But really, what do we gain by not changing? I’ll tell you, nothing. You gain nothing. Change is a beautiful thing and I believe that everyone can do it. We can all change (and hopefully we choose to change for the better). The only thing that’s constant in life is change (I honestly don’t know who said that, but it was someone very wise).

BONUS: I can walk on my hands. Really though, it’s pretty awesome.

Although writing about my weaknesses was hard because it made me more vulnerable, this post was almost harder because I really don’t appraise my strengths too often. It’s much eaiser for me to find my faults than to find my strengths. I think it’s that way for everyone. Acknowledging our shortcomings is important, but it’s also important to recognize the things we excel at.

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