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Don't be your worst enemy.

27 September 2012, 09:37

“You are not strong until you face yourself”

Sometimes we are stronger in fighting against external issues but struggle to handle or deal with our internal battles, and the efforts behind these fights are actually a demonstration of internal battles expressed towards external matters. You stand a better chance of being strong if you have discovered, acknowledged and dealt with your own internal weaknesses (fear, doubts, inabilities, arrogance, hatred, impatience, self-condemnation, low self-esteem, insecurities, bitterness, anger, temper, unforgiveness, lust, perversion, greed, selfishness and bad attitude) more effectively.

Some of the internal battles are seen in the way we treat or react towards others. We find it easy to crucify others for mistakes and weaknesses which we ourselves are struggling to overcome. We know what to say in defence or to justify our own faults but condemn those who struggle with the same. We discourage people to do certain things simply because we don’t see ourselves making it there. I mean we know how to react or respond to situations without noticing our own faults. We know how to give our piece of minds to others but fail to get a little bit of it for ourselves. We know how to point fingers or shift blames but fail to do some self-introspection. We know who should be reprimanded and how but we cannot handle criticism towards ourselves.

Most of the challenges we face in life are designed to uproot the phony nature hidden deep within ourselves so that we may know how to address and help those who are struggling with the same issues, but we normally refuse to accept responsibility while we always strive to find ways to justify ourselves. It doesn’t matter how much effort we put in sorting other people out, it’s all in vain

Regardless of how phony we may be and how long we keep ignoring our internal battles, we will never run away from that soft voice which keeps whispering in our senses and reminding us of our own iniquities; our conscious. Paying attention to our conscious will ultimately bring a sense of conscience, thus enabling us to mature and be responsible enough to face life through internal strength.

It is not what you easily conquer that brings the best out of you, but what you struggle to. Gravitating on the easier barriers in life limits your chances of growth and maturity. Face your fears before they inconveniently face you, because if they confront you first they might catch you unprepared. At times you need to get out of the comfort zone just to experience the abundance of life that is hidden beyond your limits. You need to step out of fear and be brave enough to take life head-on regardless of the size of the barriers and huddles ahead of you.

Sometimes the fear of exposing our weaknesses is what prevents us from experiencing our moment of liberation, thus delaying and depriving ourselves the opportunity to gain internal growth and strength. Maybe the reason we seem not to conquer certain issues or fail to handle them is because we do not allow our inner being to sort us out first, and in the process we miss the opportunity to approach life from inside out. So, we need to face ourselves first so as to have enough wisdom and strength to face whatever challenge that comes our way more maturely.

Internal weaknesses are a greater barrier to human growth and take away the ability to face life with courage, enthusiasm and positive mentality. They make us to approach life more defensively and take away the courage to be a conqueror. So, go on, face yourself and deal with the issues that are eating you deep inside, no matter how intimidating and gigantic they may be, for you will never be strong until you face yourself and learn to overcome your own skeletons.

Do not be your worse enemy. Until we learn to face our inner selves, changing environments (relationships, careers, jobs, clothes, cars and etc.) will not make any difference.

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