What If We Re-frame Weakness?

Re-framing Weakness

“Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are.”

Niccolò Machiavelli



a fine line in a marble statue

not deep enough to crack,

but penetrating enough to create a story…


or a vulnerability like a chink in a coat of armor

or strength of character

and trust in those who love you?

weakness fault line


a fault line in the earth

reminding us of the fragility of our existence

and yet sturdy enough to walk on…

weakness snowflake

or indecision like a snowflake wafting in the air

or certainty that the world will continue

even when we falter?

weakness peach


a soft spot in an overripe peach

reminding us to taste, quickly, before it’s too late

and savor the sticky nectar dribbling down our chin…

or imperfection like a mountain range

erupting from a tranquil valley full of crevices and pitfalls

or offering a majestic view from the top?

January prompt-a-day from write alm – today’s prompt is weakness|strength

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Jennifer Wolfe

Jennifer Wolfe, a writer-teacher-mom, is dedicated to finding the extraordinary in the ordinary moments of life by thinking deeply, loving fiercely, and teaching audaciously. Jennifer is a Google Certified Educator, Hyperdoc fanatic, and a voracious reader. Read her stories on her blog, mamawolfe, and grab free copies of her teaching and parenting resources.

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15 thoughts on “What If We Re-frame Weakness?

  1. amanda says:

    love this, “a soft spot in an overripe peach.”
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    1. Thank you, Amanda. I always try to convince my kids that the soft spot is actually the sweetest, best part of the fruit! And thank you, thank you for your lovely writing prompts, too! ~Jennifer

  2. Angie says:

    A lovely collection of nature words. Just beautiful.
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    1. Hi Angie, and thank you! During the winter, especially, I spend a lot of time in the mountains, and am always astounded by the beauty I find there, as well as the clarity of thought I feel when I’m surrounded by the stillness. Thanks so much for commenting! ~Jennifer

      1. Angie says:

        Our weekend hikes slow in the Winter, but I’m glad to see the mountains daily from my house. They are beautiful and I find such peace in them. So glad you do, too. <3
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        1. Yes, Angie – and I can’t wait for some peacefulness during this upcoming three day weekend! ~Jennifer

        2. Yes, Angie – and I’m so looking forward to peacefulness on this three day weekend! ~Jennifer

  3. Lindsey says:

    Oh, I love this. This reminds me of a phrase I’ve heard before about how the gift is next to the wound … or something along those lines. I sure hope that’s true. xox

    1. Thanks you, Lindsey. I haven’t heard that phrase exactly, but I think as I grow older (and hopefully wiser) I’m realizing that every little experience offers us a chance to learn, to grow, to become stronger. Things that society may see as weaknesses (especially for women) can actually work to our advantage. Thanks so much for supporting mamawolfe. ~Jennifer

  4. <3 Love this. Weakness gives us so many strengths.
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    1. Thank you, Carrie. I agree…if only we can just step back and take a deep look at what is really happening. Thanks so much for supporting mamawolfe! ~Jennifer

  5. Brenda says:

    Very true about our weakness giving us strength. I too am looking forward to three days of recharge. BTW, we need to go for a walk again some time soon.
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    1. Yes, Brenda – yes! I hope you were able to rest and recharge, and yes! Let’s do go for a walk soon! I miss you! ~Jennifer

  6. I love your descriptions of weakness and the photos that accompany them. I especially relate to the overripe peach dribbling down a chin tasting it before it’s too late.

    1. Rebecca, thank you so much! I always think of my babies and how they were so present when they were eating – just enjoying every peach dribble they got! Take care, xoxo

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