Our real enemy is neither war nor poverty. Our greatest opposition isn’t the economy or people with differing opinions. Our worse enemy is the inner critical voice that resides in each of us. It’s that voice that will not allow our success, security, or peace.
In the 16th century, Sir Thomas Browne became aware of this inner woe. He was an English polymath and author of varied works which revealed his wide learning in diverse fields including science and medicine, religion and the esoteric. He wrote, “But how shall we expect charity towards others, when we are uncharitable to ourselves? Charity begins at home, this is the voice of the world; yet is every man his greatest enemy, and, as it were, his own executioner.”
Our opponent is not the stock market or threat matrix; it’s the echo of self-degrading comments that arrests any love or kindness towards ourselves, and therefore; towards other people. We must break free. What are your thoughts, your comments, about where do you stand with your real enemy today? -Dr. Sandy
From the book Think, author Simon Blackburn writes, “Only when we see ourselves properly can we obtain control over the direction in which we would wish to move.”
Are there limits you are placing on yourself today that really lack evidence of being true?
Some people think that personalities can not change—that a person’s traits are permanently imprinted at birth. The truth is that personality is really just a sum of beliefs, opinions, conclusions, and attitudes which can, and do, change throughout life.
Maintaining a belief that you can not change will have a negative outcome on the likelihood of producing changes in your life. Research shows that the expectations of people have an effect on what they do or do not do.
If you think that you can not do something, you will search for proof that you possess that limitation and can not do it. You will be tempted to seek confirmation that you are inadequate.
If fear was not present, what would you pursue differently? If you did not fear failing at it, or appearing inadequate, what would you do? -sn