When we only focus on strength, we are likely to be hard on ourselves or others. Ick, that is not what I want. I spent enough years beating myself up, thank you very much. But when we only focus on compassion, we run the risk of being a pushover in life. Not so appealing either. My intention for 2020 is to cultivate a balance between my inner strength and self-compassion. Challenges arise and I need some warrior courage to confront them. But I wish to let in the kindness and compassion as well; failure and pain will sometimes knock me down and I don't need my loud-mouthed inner critic to pile on the shame.
While 2019 has brought its own pain for me, I feel myself growing and stepping into my power more authentically as I emerge. I am uncovering my inner warrior. She only grows stronger as she overcomes the obstacles. She perseveres.
And I see the strength in you, my friend. May your intentions for the coming year be a guiding light as you step into your power!