Our Greatest Battle

December 15, 2014

 

Woman Yoga relaxingI stumbled across these powerful words recently:
 
“What are these scars from?” she asked.
“They’re battle wounds.” I replied.
She looked at me for a long time.
“Who were you battling?”
“Myself.”
 
I do not believe that our greatest battle is with another person, and it certainly is not with another country. The greatest battle that we will ever fight is the fight with ourselves. How are you doing in your own fight?
 
I spent years fighting with myself and almost lost. Following high school I literally ran around the whole world. Eventually I realized that I was actually running away from myself. After concluding that I was stuck with self, I knew that it was time to do some work and go within. Slowly, I worked through my addictions. This painful process caused a new vulnerability I never even knew existed, and I was forced to feel. Initially, I had no idea how to manage my emotions, but soon discovered the power of a pen and paper along with the strength of my own voice. I began to use my voice in times of need, and learned to call on support. Quickly, I discovered that I did not have to fight my fight alone. In fact, when I moved away from my victim mentality I found hundreds, thousands even, who were fighting a similar journey. I sat in rooms filled with people who spoke my language, and suddenly I was not alone. These people provided me with a strength that I did not even know existed.
 
I continue to learn how to be with self, and am finding that today I even enjoy my own company. The reality is that if you have a relationship with self, you are never truly alone. Relationships will end, and people will die, but we will be with ourselves for this entire journey. Do you enjoy your own company?
 

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