Are you acting strong?

by Yulit Price on June 2, 2011

Are you acting strong on the outside yet feeling soft-centered on the inside?
Is there a part of you that you are trying to protect?
Is there a vulnerable story living inside you that you are too afraid to share?

This post is inspired by a recent conversation I had with a mother who rejected the notion of STRONG displayed by her own mother.

The kind of Strong that is merely a facade to the world.
The kind of Strong that can leave you isolated, emotionally cut-off, and deprived.
The kind of Strong that can become your cage because it does not allow showing your true self, sharing what is truly going on, or asking openly for help.

It is an ‘old’ strong that came from the masculine world.
it is a way of ‘man-it-up’ that was culturally transmitted to generations of boys.
It is a way of concealing, which many of our mothers felt they needed to adopt.

In contrast, strength comes from within.

It is something we embody.
It is also something we give.

I believe that women who are aware of their strengths are able to honor and value themselves, as well as give from an empowered sense of self.

The following poem cuts-open the distinction between STRONG women and women of STRENGTH

 

A Strong Woman Vs. a Woman of Strength

A strong woman works out every day

to keep her body in shape

but a woman of strength looks deep inside

to keep her soul in shape

 

A strong woman isn’t afraid

of anything

but a wobut a woman of strength shows courage

in the midst of her fear

 

A strong woman won’t let anyone

get the best of her

but a woman of strength gives the best of her

to everyone

 

A strong woman makes mistakes

and avoids the same in the future

but a woman of strength realizes life’s mistakes

can also be blessings and capitalizes on them

 

A strong woman walks

sure footedly

but a woman of strength knows

when to ask for help

 

A strong woman wears the look

of confidence on her face

but a woman of strength

wears grace

 

A strong woman has faith

that she is strong enough for the journey

but a woman of strength has faith

that it is in the journey that she will become strong

About the author

Yulit Price wrote 39 articles on this blog.

Yulit Price is a registered psychotherapist in private practice. She is known for her empowering work with women and mothers. Through her collaborative one-on-one sessions, workshops, and retreats, her mission is to help women expand their version of self, tap into authentic voice, and enhance their relationships. Her areas of expertise include: Women’s Development, Motherhood, Maternal Transitions, Career Transitions, Relationships, Interpersonal Communications, Depression, Anxiety, and Loss. To learn more about me and my credentials Click Here

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Kari June 3, 2011 at 4:46 am

That is a lovely poem, Yulit. It really speaks to me. Hope you are well.

Kari

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