Strengths to Move Society Forward

I'm a fan of the number three. 

I believe that numbers and symbols show up to us at certain moments to make us aware of something significant happening in that moment. 

Once, in 2010, I had a friend I cared about deeply who was struggling mentally. Earlier that year, my grandpa had passed away - and his favorite bird was a cardinal. Every time I saw a cardinal after he passed, something good happened in my life. I had also had a art therapist tell me that year, after I had drawn a few sketches, that I would draw certain objects three times and that number must somehow be significant to me. Hence, the magic number three.

After a night of staying up late with my close friend, I woke up the next morning to look out of the window and find three cardinals sitting on the snow-covered ground. I couldn't believe it. I rushed to call my friend and tell him that everything would be okay. And it ended up being okay. 

So I knew that when I heard about the Strengths Finder book from three different sources within the same few months, it was a sign that I had to order it. 

Strengths Finder is the product of Don Clifton, the "father of Strengths Psychology." Strengths psychology is appealing to my work - moreso than clinical psychology - because it focuses on positive human makeup, instead of identifying disorders or "weaknesses."

Once I ordered the book and took the test, I stared at my number one strength, Connectedness, amazed and in disbelief that this was considered a core strength of humanity.

We must not harm others because we will be harming ourselves. We must not exploit because we will be exploiting ourselves.

This strength of mine is at the core of She Enlightened. I founded a place that advocates for the fact that we are all one, and that any of our systems - sexism, racism, genderism, transphobia, homophobia, ageism, and more - only seek to pull us away from that oneness. 

What do you believe are your strengths that help move our society forward?