…honor your limitations…
Parker Palmer speaks of overcoming fear by not “being our fear” and finding something more powerful in our lives on which to rely. Sometimes, our faith, hope, love from dear people in our lives and/or reliance on a Higher Power can bring us the strength we need.
Parker also encourages us to “honor our limitations” which to me means not to just play up our strengths but also know that our weaknesses may prevent us from getting a job we desire. Limitations can be addressed and professional development/training may help.
More importantly, Parker advises that our limitations are a part of who we are and are integral to the work to which we may feel called. And as an opportunity closes, it seems to be a law of the universe that others are discovered.
“If we are to live our lives fully and well, we must learn to embrace opposites, to live in a creative tension between our limits and our potentials. We must honor our limitations… and must trust and use our gifts in ways that fulfill the potential God gave us. We must take the “no” of the way that closes and find the guidance it has to offer, and take the “yes” of the way that opens and respond with the “yes” of our lives.”
–Parker Palmer, from his book, “Let your life speak”, 1999.
Make a list of your top 5 strengths (why someone would hire you) and 5 weaknesses (characteristics which prevent you from being the ideal candidate); what can you do to address your weaknesses and how will you present that to a prospective employer.
Thomas Bachhuber, Ed.D.
President of the Board and Executive Director for The Center for Life Transitions. Tom is responsible for overall Center leadership and strategy. His individual coaching/counseling as well as workshops and retreats focus on integrating leading career development ideas with spiritual exploration. Read more.