It was the kind of day where you experience just about every emotion known to man and wish desperately that you had the power to turn back the clock.
The truth is, I’ll be “going through it” – the pain and reality of it – for a while. But in the process I realized I’ve finally come to the point in my life where I have accepted that there is no strength in suppressing the pain of life’s experiences as I was apt to do for most of my life.
I’ve finally accepted that real strength comes from allowing yourself to go through the pain, to experience it fully and understand it fully, and then to come out the other side transformed in unexpected ways.
Strength or Vulnerability?
For years I thought the words “leadership” and “strength” were in many ways synonymous. I heard things like, “Lisa is strong, she’s a leader, she’ll be fine,” or, “you’re the leader, you need to be strong for everyone else.”
And while I’m not advocating that military leaders break down crying in the middle of battle, I have come to the point where I believe the word “leadership” can also be synonymous with the word “vulnerable.” After all, it’s our humanity that brings with it vulnerability in its purest form.
I have come to believe it’s a sign of strength to embrace this humanity and allow ourselves to accept and experience the depth of our own vulnerability.
The power of leaning on others
Last week I received a reminder that when we allow ourselves to lean on others, and to be open to letting them lead us to the truth, the energy and power between us multiplies. We, and the person or people we open ourselves up to, all leave the experience more empowered.
When we lean on others it is a gift to them, an opportunity for them to serve and to experience the joy of giving in the process.
When we choose to lean on someone who knows us at our core, who knows the path we’ve taken in our life and who understands what causes our pain, then we are destined to see the truth through them that we cannot see alone, in that moment, through our tears.
Sometimes, to be able to lead requires leaning on others in order to simply see that truth…enabling us to get back to our true leadership path.
The power of letting go
And this is where knowing your true path is invaluable. Because it’s during those difficult and transformational times in our lives when it’s so easy to lose our way.
Knowing in our soul what our true leadership path is, and letting go of what is not on that path, even if it tempted us at our core, is at the essence of being true leaders simply by living our lives.
Are you strong enough to lean on others and let go?
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