It is a shame in this world, that people often percieve softness, quietness, kindness or humility to be weakness.
We really have no idea. A person may be gentle but we can never tell the strength that person carries within. People always tend to think that those who holla & yell & shout are truly confident. Not always. Or that those who are quiet are shy & insecure. Not always.
Sometimes those people are loud because they are Not confident & feel they need to prove themselves. Some of the most truly confident, honest & direct people I know, are quiet, gentle & humble. When they speak, people shush because they know that whatever words do follow, carry value because they are spoken. On. Purpose.
When I was younger, I felt like I didn't fit in because I was quiet and introverted. I watched rather than talking. I listened. I observed. People wanted me to say something, anything, so they could suss me out, put me in a box & label me. I continued in my own little world of ideas & dreams.
As I have grown, I have come out of my shell a lot. I am more open, more transparent. Passion for what I believe gives me the courage to reach out to others & 'put myself out there' but all in all, I am the very same Chloe.
People often think that me being open about my struggles, means I am weak & dependent on others. Or that because I reach out a lot, I am somehow a soft touch, an easy target. Or that because I am a Christian, I cannot stand up for myself or set boundaries or say no. They couldn't be more wrong. I often like to give sincere compliments or verbal encouragements & many times I have been teased or quizzed on my sincerity or motives, just for speaking kindly?
We shouldn't make assumptions about people based on whether they appear outgoing or introverted & we shouldn't take kindness to be a weakness but a strength. We shouldn't underestimate others to make ourselves feel stronger. We need to see the gifts & value in every person that we meet, even if they are not so easy to see. 💛
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