I’m Really Not Wonder Woman – In Case You Wondered

I was raised to be self-sufficient, independent, a stand strong kind of a gal.  My mom was good at that – if that is good.  I think it is good to a degree but we all need others to help us get along in this life journey.  Being alone is not good.

I thank my mom for teaching me not to give up and to look for solutions.  However, as I grew up, mostly terrified of being alone, and got to know myself better, I found that my personality was one that needed people more than she may have.

So that brings me to today’s topic that is on my heart.  I’ve gotten so use to figuring things out for myself that asking or receiving help is very difficult for me. My husband is a very good friend for me.  I do ask him but usually when I’m tied up and gagged by enemy circumstances and my super hero powers are off for a moment.  HELP!

I am a friend of Jesus and my relationship with Him is the most important thing to me.  I do not like religion – I love relating to God.  My Jesus wears bluejeans and sneakers – just like me.  I believe He wants to walk along side of me and help my dreams to come to pass.  He takes pleasure when others come along side me to help.  But it is up to me to let them.

That said, my passion for others is to see them walk into their destinytheir gifts and talents.  I long to see people overcome obstacles that block their dreams.  I long to see people find their dreams.

But, often times, what we have a passion for can be our own biggest weakness.  I often lose sight of my dreams.  I often throw some away that perhaps I should have kept.  I hope someone else finds the discarded ones and are using them – like a piece of furniture placed at the curb that holds a massive amount of potential.

I’m just trying to be real here.  Because of my independent way, I tend to come across to those who meet me that I am confident and I am okay without others. It’s pretty much a lie.  We were created to need others.  Helen Keller said this on the subject of needed others:

“You see now what I live by–the devotion and service of others. I was blind, now I see; I was deaf, now I hear; I was dumb, now I speak, and it is through the hands of others that this miracle was wrought in me. It was through the hands of others that I found myself,  found my mother and father,  found the world,  found my soul and love and God. It is through the hands of others that I, deaf and blind, know the richness and fullness of life. It is through the strength of others that I am able to do work that is worth while.”

-Helen Keller, from a draft of a speech entitled “A Message from the Hand, or from Darkness to Light (Another Beginning)”, 1928

To learn more about Helen Keller’s life, go to http://www.afb.org/info/about-us/helen-keller/12

Through the “strength of others”; through the “hands of others”.  Oh how we all need others so much!

I am not Wonder Womanexcept in my head on occasion –  I am a person just trying my best to follow her purpose and see clearly her dreams. A person who gets woken up now and then to the fact that she needs others.  That she is not always a super hero and is trapped at times by weakness – my kryptonite.  I’m just a person who sometimes recognizes those weaknesses and tries hard to swallow her pride and ask for help and a hug and a prayer.

So today I was feeling a bit tied up and now I’m feeling a bit more confident.  I always feel good when I write.  And I always feel good if my words can help a reader or two.

On that note, Dear Readers, have a blessed day and may you know your dreams and find them and walk confidently and successfully in them with the help of others.

Enjoy!

cate b

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13 Replies to “I’m Really Not Wonder Woman – In Case You Wondered”

  1. Yes, those stories of being tough and self-reliant are so much a part of our culture that it’s easy to forget how much we’re interdependent! This year I have resolved to read positive blogs regularly, in part to remind myself I don’t really have to put on a tough shell, but can instead cultivate peace and become more open to life’s gentle blessings. Glad I found your site! I have added it to a list of positive blogs I’m keeping on my own blog. 🙂

  2. This is a beautiful piece of sincere writing Cate. I love the quote by Helen Keller and how you expanded on it. I love also that you see Jesus in blue jeans and sneakers. Best of all, I love the presentation that you do not like religion but instead enjoys relating to God. I applaud that you delight in seeing others succeed in their passion. You may not be a wonder woman but to your husband, children and grandchildren, you always will be a wonderful person 😀

  3. Wonderful post! I very much envy your outlook and am so glad you put out there again that it’s important and okay to ask for help….we wouldn’t be fulfilling our roles as humans if we didn’t. Your friend in the tennis shoes and blue jeans was never afraid to ask for help, nor were his parents!

  4. AHHH, WONDER WOMAN!!!! yes, she is amazing…and you “my dear friend” have always been that woman to me and still are…you see, in spite of your weaknesses, you have always overcome in the most difficult situations…even when you’re weak, you ARE strong…
    sure, knowing you i can see where you struggle (like me and others), but you always “choose” to stand strong and for that i applaud you b/c you are a shining light to many of us…
    it’s ok to be weak, it’s even greater to admit to us you do struggle…to me that just means you’re human…and that’s ok!
    thank you for always being true blue to who you are, in your weakness and your strength….you’ll always be WONDER WOMAN to me…maybe b/c i always WONDERed” how you got such great strength…and thank you Jesus for giving it to you …
    you are a treasure my friend…and i love you always sharing your powerful posts…
    may your strength increase in abundance for all you give out… 😉

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