A thousand men can’t undress a naked man. -Greek Proverb
I know some people may interpret the above quote as having to do with honesty but I get a slightly different meaning from it. When I read this quote the first thing that came to my mind was one’s flaws, or more specifically, not being ashamed of them. Too often we are prisoners to our imperfections – to the point of extreme shame. For many years, I allowed my fear of being “called out” or ridiculed for my shortcomings rule my life. Because of this absurd fear, I let certain opportunities slip through my fingers which I now regret.
Fortunately, as I’ve matured in age and character – I realize the power of accepting my flaws and letting go any shame associated with them. When you fully accept your weaknesses no one can use them against you. Their opinions and judgments will no longer hinder you. You take their power to hurt you away and that in turn empowers you. Accomplishing this requires you to become steadfastly self-assured and the sooner this takes place, the better.
To gain self-assurance examine the validity of your flaws. Are they really flaws? Certain things that we see as imperfections in ourselves may be misconceptions facilitated by our environments. So it’s important to separate what is actually true about yourself and what is not. Once you’ve completed that step, accept your flaws – whatever they are. This is so crucial – accepting your weaknesses allows you to objectively evaluate them. After you’ve evaluated them, use them to build your character. After all, our “flaws” may actually be diamonds in the rough.