What have you created that you secretly hope might be good? What have you created that you love, and which makes you more nervous than you’d like. Maybe you’ve shown it to a friend and they liked it. Of course, you haven’t shown it to anyone else. Or you’ve shown it reluctantly, (secretly hoping the next person will hate it), but they like it too!
That thing that you’re desperately trying to hide and others inexplicably love is close to your Tender Strength. A Tender Strength is a thing we love but which we feel shame around.
Maybe we were teased about it at some point. Maybe we never share it because we might get teased. It’s something that falls into our shadows but we can’t quite forget.
The hard part about Tender Strengths is the shame and vulnerability we feel. We would have to be true warriors to stand up for them. We feel so unsure. Any criticism, any sideways comment might move us to hide it for good.
The clear part about Tender Strengths is that others love us for them. They want more tender strength from us. They ask us for them, though we likely refuse.
The clear part about Tender Strengths is sharing them would be easy if we could embrace and trust what others tell us.