When strength becomes weakness#FridayReflections 

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A strength I didn’t know I had

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A thing of beauty is a joy forever

This has been my all time favourite quote and I’ve just found out why.

Always a sucker for psychological tests, I quickly jumped to the VIA character survey  to find out my hidden strengths.

But I was hardly prepared for the result:

 Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence

Your top strength is Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence which means you are able to see beauty around you and appreciate when things are done with excellence. You are in awe of things that others may take for granted. You admire great art and science, such as what may be seen in music, movies, and drama, and jobs done to high standards.


I always thought my strength lay in my ability to see the humour in everything!

Obviously I don’t know myself very well.

It also explains why everything has to be just so . 

And I am beginning to understand why I do certain things like :

The Samsung present

According to my children, I have the knack of wrapping up a gift so beautifully that oftentimes it overshadows the gift itself . Like a Samsung TV that is packed in an oversized box!

Themes and memes

Whenever I entertain, I go into details like table settings, suitable dinnerware and putting together ‘wow’ moments. Ask me for some biscuits and I will make sure that they are served stylishly.

No patience with slow learners

In fact it puts into perspective my disapproval of sloppy work and my impatience with fools.

But I still have to figure how this will help me in my life.

For instance I should use this strength to achieve a perfect body size and weight.

I should exploit this characteristic to have the best blog on the block!

When strength becomes a weakness

On the other hand, striving for perfection and excellence can lead to dissatisfaction and disappointment. After all, things can’t be beautiful all the time can they?

Perhaps this personality trait is making me dissatisfied with the many imperfections in my life and I should learn to tone down expectations and accept things for what they are warts and all.

Which leads me to believe that this strength can actually be a weakness as every coin has two sides.

Do you find your strengths working for or against you?

Linking this up with #FridayReflections hosted by Corinne and Sanch Vee

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Author: Unishta

A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking!


  1. I actually got the same quality as #1 on my list of strengths and I must say I wasn’t surprised. I think it’s a great quality to have and I wonder why you see it as a sign of weakness. I think my folks feel happy when I do these little things for them because it pleases my aesthetics! The downside for me is that I’m never done with something easily until I’ve seen it to perfection (something I’m trying to change now).

    1. My point exactly! I spend so much time trying to get things right that I often wonder if it is really worth the effort. I love things that look beautiful and that are perfect but how much should this dominate our time? I too am trying to let go my “high” standards 😉

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