We all have to face down the enemy at some stage in our lives – for some, more often than others.
What or who is the enemy?
It could be sickness, financial difficulty. Relationships. You know the list can go on.
For many, it is the all-too-familiar voice within that says, “You’re not good enough” or “You haven’t got what it takes” or “Why would anyone care about or love you?”
What is your enemy?
Gandhi said, “The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but, it is fear.”
You may not be having to deal with hate like the Indians did during the days of the British Empire, or the African Americans who have dealt with hatred since being dragged to that country against their will so long ago, and continue to deal with it in thankfully, increasingly smaller pockets of society but I think Gandhi was onto something here.
The enemy for you may be rejection. Or insecurity. Or something far more subtle. But at the root of it all, I think it almost invariably boils down to fear.
Overcome your fear, and you can overcome anything that life seeks to throw at you.
And remember, courage is not the absence of fear, but rather, the determination to continue in spite of that fear, and defeat it with faith in that which is truly positive.