Have you ever realized that the best of you is actually quite related to the worst version of you? That's right, your greatest strengths and your greatest "shadow" may be quite similar, even though quite different.
"Huh?" you say. Well, to put it another way, if you want to discover and unleash your own best version of yourself, you may want to understand the worst version of yourself. Get enlightened about your shadow and then move into the light.
For some reason, (or for a whole bunch of them!) each of us is motivated to do some selfish, self-defeating, and sometimes even others-hurting things. We do what makes a sick sense to us and act in shadowy ways. We behave impatiently. Stubbornly. Depressingly. Controllingly. People-pleasingly. Blah, blah, yada, yada.....
Of course its the shadow us! It's not the best us. It's actually not the real us. But, we act this way because the "us in us" feels like we get something from it. We do what makes sense to US.
So, here's the point: The best of you may be the mirror image of your shadow.
Impatient you: Creative, change maker, adventurous you.
Stubborn you: Committed, doing what's right, persevering you.
Depressed you: Deep thinking, caring and authentic you.
Controlling you: Organized, detail oriented, others leading you.
People pleasing you: Relational, social and caring you.
Transforming from the shadow into your greatest asset may not be as far away as you think. In the Bible we discover that was the once agenda driven, dominating, prevailing Saul was the same person who later wrote, "God's power is perfected in weakness." (2 Cor. 12:9). That same driven man became the highly motivated, influencing, prevailing Paul who powerfully influenced millions throughout generations.
What shadow will you turn into light today?
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