Continuing our time with my dear friend Katherine Collins, let’s talk about another micro-moment of Divine wisdom from our recent chat.
As you know if you’ve been following along, I’ve spent half of the last 20 years in Founder/CEO mode and the other half in Philosopher/Lover-of-Wisdom mode.
Although I’m not really into astrological signs (lol), I happen to be a Gemini and that myth happens to describe one of my primary challenges pretty well.
I often feel a pull to be one OR the other.
Which recently made me think of the wordambivalence.
Which led to a trip to my 2,084-pageAmerican Heritagedictionary.
I flip to page 56. Here’s the definition:“thestate of having mixed feelings or contradictory ideas about something or someone.”
Alright. Got it.
But what I’mreallyinterested in is the etymology of the word.
Get this:ambimeans“onboth sides of” andvalencecomes from the same root asvalorandvalence—it basically means“strength.”
So, I reflect on the idea thatambi-valence basically means to be on both sides of strength and that, from my perspective at the time, the result of that is WEAKNESS.
Now, let’s head back to my chat with Katherine. I share that little distinction with her.
To which she replies by saying something along the lines of: “Well… Wecould look at it that way. Or… We could say that you have TWO simultaneously STRONG channels through which you can express your gifts.”
To which I say, “God Bless you, Katherine.” (Hah. Seriously.)
Which leads us to Today’s +1.
Do you feel anyambi-valence in your life?
What if we could reframe that “ambi-valence” into “HEROIC-valence”?!
I wonder… How can we take you and your multi-faceted awesome and channel ALL that awesome into heroic strength?
Get on that. We need you and ALL your gifts.
One more time: Be not afraid. Give us all you’ve got.