Midnight motivation and musings

Midnight Motivations and Musings #49

 

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Most times we are told to look at our areas of strength and to capitalise on them and in so doing leave our weak areas to lag behind.

Have we considered that our weak areas could be our diamonds in the dirt, waiting on us to dig them out?

Have we considered that our weak links could be focused on, strengthened and become sources of a positive turnaround as well as a source of inspiration for other people?

A lot of times, we spend time trying to hide our flaws and weaknesses so that others won’t judge us, that we fail to see the good sides of them.

I am learning to look at every cracked piece of me. To take it apart piece by piece and see them as truly are.

Who knows, I might just discover several raw gems and beautiful flaws in the buff.

Have a good go at it!

Β© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha

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30 thoughts on “Midnight Motivations and Musings #49

    1. I wish I could really go into details here Maria, but a simple example is someone who is talkative instead of getting on other people’s nerves, can that be channeled into other strengths? What of people who seem to lack empathy? Can they think of ways of giving of themselves that will not be too much of a stretch? I have had to talk with people one on one based on their individual dispositions and characteristics. It’s not a one-size fit all cap because of the unique elements of each human.

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      1. Wow that’s good examples Jacqueline. The real challenge is to dare to take a good look into the mirror to realize these character traits and then make these much needed changes

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  1. For the infamous job interview question, “what is your greatest weakness,” I took the tack of saying it is as a general rule, one’s greatest strength (e.g. self-confidence can become over-confidence; hard worker who goes the extra mile can become one who lose the healthy balance between work and personal life).

    Your post made me think, one can turn this around. If a person thinks of one weakness, then he or she can flip it and think how can the energy or motivations behind this weakness be channeled so it becomes a strength.

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  2. Oh I had no choice but to learn to work around my weaknesses because that is/was the yard stick used to drill into me to govern my growing up. I guess sometimes a strict past helps expose both weaknesses and strengths. hmm.

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  3. As usual, this is more profound than even at first appears. Two teachings will indicate what I mean: The Jews have a teaching about “raising the sparks” (from rabbi Nolan, my friend). This has to do with going into the bad stuff and drawing up the good entrapped within, or something like that. Second, Carl Jung writes of wholeness as the goal, and has a personality theory where, if a guy is a circle, he has two dominant conscious functions, and two undeveloped functions: Thinking, intuition, feeling and sensing are the four, and we each have one dominant, one secondary, and usually two unconscious. Wholeness will involve raising the undeveloped functions. Next, what bothers us in others is an indication of where we might look: I used to be annoyed, for example, by the “Madonna” song Material girl, because, well, it really is bad. But it is in there somewhere: If the body were not important in some way, there would be no basis for the Christian teaching of compassion for the poor regarding genuine bodily needs. Women, of course, dislike me as a male because, well, I am not a “material boy.” My esteem is scarred by this rejection, so that I have to watch misogyny, even. But there it is: I am a thinking-intuitive or Intuitive- thinking type, by Jung, with sensing and feeling neglected (I cannot yet do auto mechanics much, for example). Raising these sparks makes one more whole, and then whalla, the mind lights up even better, leading to dancing and helping more effectively. Many blessings come with such things, thanks to Jacqui, Jung and Nolan!

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