Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Villain of Self-Doubt

There is a villain marching through the story of my life.  He appeared so suddenly and has become a master at lurking in the shadows.  He hides just out of sight.  But I know he is there.  Just when I think I have bested him, that I have found his kryptonite and taken him down, he reappears.

I believe there is power in a name.  In identifying something.  This villains name is Self-Doubt.  But he has several other aliases.  You may know him by Uncertainty, or Second Guessing.  He has a few friends he calls upon.  The Wicked Witch of Wariness, The Evil Queen of Lost Dreams, Dr. Doom, The Queen of Broken Hearts, The Lord of Lonely.  The form a cohort of evil, just waiting to strike you down.

Sometimes he sneaks through a window and heads down the hall straight to your heart.  Other times he hits you like a bolt of lightening cracking through the night.

It's important to arm yourself, getting reading to take down this ne'er-do-well.  If we were in a medical story I would tell you to put on your helmet of happiness.  Your armor of awareness.  Take up your shield of gifts you posses, and your weapon of wisdom.

But in this story of good vs. evil, hero vs. villain I feel as though a cape, mask, and super power would be more apropos.  Perhaps a super-sonic-boom of remembering you have amazing gifts.  Or a superhero strength to endure whatever Self-Doubt throws at you.  Maybe call upon your own league of superheroes to stand beside you.  To help you overcome this villain once and for all.

Call upon your friends when you are weary, when you are low.  They will help.  They will push Self-Doubt back into the shadows.  Or, if you're lucky, out of your story completely.  That doesn't mean he won't find a way to sneak back into your plot line once in awhile.  That just means you have to work extra hard to stand guard.  To be ready.

And to know that you are beautifully and wonderfully made.  That most mistakes can be fixed, wrong turns made right, new paths can be forged.  You just have to turn the page.

Remember, life is short.  So make mistakes.  
Learn lessons.  Live life the best you can, live it to the fullest. 
 Because many things in life can wait... but The Sunset Won't.

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