I am human. I am not half immortal and half human like the Greek demi-god Achilles.
She never held me at all.
By no ones fault but my own, I have two Achilles heels.
– Kindness and Outspokenness –
Still I breathe to live free of harmful arrows, yet another blessed day.
I do not deny my weaknesses. I embrace them. I take responsibility for them. I love them. I feel stronger with them, then without them. And I take the word “strength” to heart.
I do not numb my vulnerabilities. Instead, I give them an embraceable symbol of life. Red achilles heels!
Red is my power color. I feel taller in red. They give me the courage to be imperfect. What makes me vulnerable also makes me beautiful. And I can proudly walk into what makes me, ME in a whole-hearted way.
There are some who misinterpret kindness for weakness.
Why in the world would you want to leave your self vulnerable to people who’d put a naturally kind person on their “list” to call upon only when they need something?
Oh yes, at one time I convinced myself I didn’t realize what was going on. I would fall for people’s manipulations long before I mentally purchased my red achilles heels. I thought they were my friends, and they needed me. Truthfully, I thought I needed them too.
Now, I choose my friends, and will do anything for them…within reason. And now, there’s more of an exchange. Honesty!
I know who I’m willing to be, what I’m willing to give, and more importantly what I’m willing to allow. I’ve given myself permission to accept my own boundaries.
Outspokenness is a bit more difficult to shoe than kindness. I’m a pretty out loud individual. I had to find the right times and the right places to be me. I also had to find strength in moderation. But it was my choice to do so. The best part is, I didn’t have to turn down my light. There are places where an out-spoken ME does quite well.
I raised my self-awareness, and instead of hiding them and trying to overcome my vulnerabilities, I’ve come into a place of rebirth, where joy, love and creativity reside. I stopped trying to control and predict. I’ve found less vulnerable ways to breathe free.
Will there always be a guarantee that I won’t fall prey to my Achilles heels? Nope!
But, I’m much stronger now. After all, red is my power color.
So I ask you…
Where are your places of vulnerability?
How many Achilles heels do you have?
And more importantly…how are you embracing rather than attempting to hide them???