“Greatness lies, not in being strong, but in the right using of strength.”- Henry Ward Beecher
There is a misconception among strong people, like myself, that you have to do everything yourself. I was thinking about this tonight and I realized how impossible that is. As a strong person, I am often my go-to person. I thrive on solving problems and I don’t allow much to get in my way. But, there are still a network of people around me that help me make things happen. There are people who I bounce some ideas off to get feedback. There are still fears and issues that I have to work through and I understand that I can’t do it without people mirroring my reflection to me. It’s impossible to make it through life without the help, support and company of other people. If we were meant to be alone, there wouldn’t be 7 billion other people on the planet.
If you don’t believe me, let’s think about some things. There were 40 signers on the Constitution and 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence. The development of the laws we all follow took a committee of people to come together.The book wasn’t written by one person telling its stories, but it took many people. There are between 66 and 73 books in the Bible (depending on your religion). Not even the Great Michael Jordan could win his championships without the help of several other talented players.
“To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them.”- Charles de Montesquieu
These are just a few examples that are supposed to illustrate that we all need others to help. When you are trying to create something greater than yourself, people are put in your life to help you. If you reject those people , you may be stopping your progress. I believe that the Universe works through people. When you ask for something, it may not come in the form of a thing but in the form of a person that will bring you some knowledge or support that will help you succeed. This is why I share this blog. It’s not just to hear my own words. It’s because I am compelled to share what I learn and encourage others to step into their purpose.
In my life, I’ve met many people who reject their blessings. I’ve met people who sabotage their happiness by ignoring the people who have been placed in their lives to help them move to the next level. They reject the information and ideals that have landed in their lap because they would rather cling to their own outdated or faulty information. We must continue learning to live. It is our duty to share what we learn so they can learn to live as well.
There is nothing wrong with being strong. There’s also a lot that you can accomplish on your own, but if you really want to succeed you have to recognize that everyone around you has power. If you create a network of people that can help you serve and that you can serve as well, your power grows, your purpose multiplies and you have a huge opportunity to make a difference.
Are you rejecting someone or some information that can help you grow? Can you reach out and accept help from someone else? Can you admit that you need others? Share your comments.