No one else hears it.
We're scarcely aware of it ourselves.
Yet, we listen to it far too closely.
Especially when we get an idea.
Or when we want to achieve something.
Or when we wish to improve something in our lives.
Or when we want to make a change.
It’s that cunning, whispering, never-ending muttering that undermines us, robs us of our vitality, rattles our confidence.
The Inner Voice.
From here to America, and all around the globe, and back, it prevails. There isn’t a human who escapes the nagging suggestions of self doubt and hesitation.
Over 400 years ago, William Shakespeare chronicled it with his well chosen words “Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose to good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt“.
It’s a universal complaint.
So, what can we do about it?
We can change the record.
We weren’t born with it.
And we need to remember that.
We learned how to hear it.
Even when we weren't listening.
We learned how to sabotage our aims, our dreams, our hopes.
And we got very good at it.
We not only undermined our efforts, but we reinforced it with ideas of being “realistic“, “not losing the run of ourselves“, “being sensible“, "getting real".
And so, we learned to condition ourselves out of the youthful, energetic and unlimited imaginings we once entertained.
And applauded our sensible surrender.
But we never lose them entirely, do we?
We never relinquish those fiery kaleidoscopic, picturesque images that colour our lives and tug at the heartstrings.
And that’s good.
Perhaps, maybe, someday, sometime, we’ll get round to them.
They’ll still be there.
So, perhaps one day we'll hark back to those flashes of inspiration, take another look and do one of those things, or more, that meant then, and mean now, so much to ourselves and our lives.
We never really let the dream die. And because of that, we often find that the expression we sought to display in one way, has been expressed and kept alive in another.
The routes may differ, the vehicles may change.
But we can alter the destination.
We can change direction.
We can rekindle the flame.