When I always encounter the word ‘weak’, I cannot but be affected on it. It simply reminds me that I am a person who is limited and capable of committing mistakes. But, as I kept on accepting the fact that together with my strengths I have also weaknesses into my life, sometimes I asked myself; why is it hard to reconcile into our lives that our weaknesses could also be an occurring issue? Why is it hard to escape in this reality?
It’s really hard to settle the fact that we are limited on certain aspects in life. It’s also undeniable that we sometimes fall on our weaknesses when the struggles for authenticity and perfection become so tough and demanding. Henceforth, we cannot but cry and grieve when several of our weaknesses haunt us and full us down. After the tears and sorrows, we easily give up and be complacent with ourselves by saying these words; “I cannot move on because I am weak. I am tired and hopeless in improving myself because nothing happens. So, it’s better for me to give in to my weaknesses and just consider it as a normal thing.” Having this kind of perspective is not a healthy disposition. This unhealthy disposition will fall us into a negative attitude called mediocrity. Mediocrity is one of the enemies of optimism. It destroys our capacity to see the good things in us despite the fact that we have shortcomings and weaknesses in life. To be honest, when my weaknesses strike me and thump me below the belt, I cannot but escape the reality of acceptance and be mediocre about it. Later, I realized that the more I become mediocre about my weaknesses the more I become pessimistic about myself. And that’s what makes me more vulnerable and prone to distrusting myself.
Yes, we are born with certain weaknesses into our lives. But, our weaknesses are not an indicator for us to give up and improve ourselves. There are still rooms for improvements and changes in our lives; all we need to do is to find those rooms through optimism and self-introspection. This may take a lot of our perseverance and courage, but it assures something good and pleasing later on. I myself could say, that this kind of challenge beneficial into my life. Only through accepting this kind of challenge I would realize that recognizing my weaknesses is an important factor for strengthening my faith and trust. Indeed, St. Paul is correct in saying that there’s strength in every weaknesses that we have. The invitation of St. Paul for me and for all of us is not to be afraid to boast our own weaknesses and to consider it as our boost to move on and persevere in our daily struggles. Every day, we engage ourselves in an endless battle of conquering our weaknesses. The only necessary thing as we face this reality is this; DON’T GIVE UP. Only in not giving up we realize that our weaknesses will lead us into something we aspire for, i.e. eternal bliss that gives LOVE to our restless hearts.
Let not our hearts be restless when our weaknesses strike us back. Let it be; Accept it; Stay humble, and for sure it will lead us to something good, pleasing, and perfect.