Cultivate a deep understanding of yourself - not only what your strengths and weaknesses are but also how you learn, how you work with others, what your values are, and where you can make the greatest contribution. Weakness with watchfulness will stand, when strength with too much confidence fails. In spite of his being an epic hero, and as such, superior to common men, Odysseus remains imperfect, with flaws and weaknesses like all other mortals. I wish to finish with yet another quote from Ghandi: “Honest disagreement is often a good sign … Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” ― Mahatma Gandhi, All Men are Brothers: Autobiographical Reflections tags: forgiveness , strength , weakness It means exercising integrity.

And it means acceptance.

“The weak can never forgive. Tolerance is a trait of strength. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” “Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. This voyage symbolizes man's road to salvation hoping to obtain God's forgiveness and entrance into his kingdom, and Odysseus incarnates man's soul, representing life and the return to God and faith. Weakness, with acknowledgment of it, is the fittest seat and subject for God to perfect His strength in; for consciousness of our infirmities drives us out of ourselves to Him in whom our strength lies. Tolerance is not a weakness; it does not mean ‘giving in’.

It means deep desire to make a difference the right way. Our strength grows out of our weakness.

It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.” “Focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses. Vulnerability is not a sign of weakness and can be your greatest strength. Ralph Waldo Emerson (1983). It is daily admission of one's weakness. “Essays and Lectures”, p.298, Library of America. These various experiences are, each one of them, an example of what was stated in the beginning of this essay: the strength forgiveness has in the end of all of them and the weakness in every character throughout their story and what it lead to.