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The Significant Enemy Within

Updated on August 8, 2020
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Rdsparrowriter is a Sri Lankan Poetess written story books in poetry form. She's passionate and writes from heart covering subjects.

Journey from mind to heart

08/06/2020

Sometimes I feel like I have an enemy within

I'm a Tomorrow Girl quite famous for procrastinating

Many times, my tomorrow never seems so encouraging

So no wonder I feel like even my inner started nagging.


Whenever I feel like postponing I don't seem to have a say

Now, even before I get to think my actions find its way

Feelings that built within me often wreck and give away

My own actions and thinking seem to have given my life away.

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Growing up I always read books and sketched a picture imagining that I'm an artist

As a child always dreamed of becoming a missionary or an Archeologist

Searching hidden meanings and rediscovering historical evidence of the existence

I used to lose track of time when I'm actively involved with curious fascinations.


There's this big "If" that seems to haunt my mind and waste a lot of time

That big "if" sounds so regrettable and what would I could do instead every time?

Being accepting, moving forward without doubt and stress in my life

Knowing that Papa God has the best plan laid out for my life.

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Even if I do something nice to someone I just don't know why I feel so small and super uncomfortable

Many times wished to have an invisibility cloak or a superpower just to feel safe and comfortable

Added to that mentally sick men seems to have gotten wings with the mask on

Unlike those days where I walked fast, now I hate to admit that I feel a little afraid to walk even to town.


I don't understand what on earth is happening to me? I heard someone speak

When I looked back not a soul close by but a red boxy vehicle zoomed passed me

The other day I had the strangest and it felt so weird to me

I don't think my imagination has the power to be so realistic and real to me.


Source

Then again, fear can make me stupid and stuck in one place

If I don't become courageous or take a step of faith as I embrace,

Embrace my destiny as I entrust myself to God's glory

Feeling the fear yet do it anyway with His power and security.


Anxiety, Depression, and Stress, you guys need to go away !!

Jealousy and insecurity from my heart you need to leave me today!!

Anger, Selfishness, and Guilt, take your hands off me!!

Listen Laziness and Negativity you are not welcome to stay with me!


I have always felt that it's too hard to get job satisfaction whenever I get paid

My inner being is so into perfectionism that when I fail to get the same as what the customer had said

I hear the loudest criticism right within me that I feel so gloomy

When I get an order, I already feel like a failure because of anxiety.

Source

I'm aware of being easy-going and not that passionate in my daily routine

However, I do have the desire to improve myself by listening and practicing

To be better, to do better, be upgraded influential version that Papa God wants me to be

It's a snail pace process, every little progress looking back I have made makes me feel happy.


My biggest fear since I was a little girl is losing my memory

Forgetting who I am, what I am and to who I belong to deeply

So I keep getting little reminders how much I'm worthy

I realized only lack of personal attention is what arouse my jealousy.


My biggest strength is the knowledge of knowing that my family and Jesus Christ loves me

My biggest weakness is the inability to say "NO" and when necessary Jesus Christ helped me

Recognizing my capabilities and to choose the battles that I need to fight daily with wisdom

Papa God had been equipping me to face my enemies before I enter into His Kingdom :)


Introduction

I have written about the enemy that is within me. Wait, I mean enemies. I probably thought too much when Pinkish Priest taught us about the enemies in the bible. Spiritual ones and real ones.

Sometimes, a person's good intention could be misunderstood as the work of an enemy since it probably made matters worst. If I to be frank and honest, many times, I never really liked third party involvement in a problem that I have with someone. In my opinion, most of the time, the peacemaker in my eyes becomes the trouble maker.

Then there are times, that one could be your very own enemy. What do I mean? If you are going through an addiction that is harmful to your body or soul. Something that compromises your values and morals.

I won't say that I'm perfect that I have overcome the not so good attitudes and issues. It's a daily struggle. It's easier to do what is wrong and the right things have to be constantly reminded. An effort, a daily choice, a renewal of the mind and heart with the faith in Jesus Christ.

Source

As a teenager when people who knew my siblings academic achievements, they often thought I was also cool as they are and I used to feel a little awkward when people assumed stuff like that. However, not once I felt sad or jealous about my siblings. Every time when they got prize after prize, I felt the happiest and I always had the time to help them in whenever they wanted my help in their studies. My sister is sweet that the books that she got as prizes, I got to read them first :) My little sister is one of the most gifted and blessed person I had ever met in my life. She is an all rounder. According to mom, she believes that my sister is an unexpected blessing from God and that my mom had not known that she was pregnant with my sister when she had her water baptism. According to mom's faith, she received Holy Spirit while she baptized along with my sister :)

When I was schooling and in my early twenties I used to feel a little bit jealous about my siblings and I used to feel so ashamed of myself for that.

It's simply because of my sister's ability to hug and kiss people and kids more freely than I am. I always found it very uncomfortable. I hardly initiate hugging or kissing people unless the other person is into it or doesn't mind that I already smell bad. I sometimes wondered whether my sister's nose doesn't work properly.. even if I was quite bad smelling and sweaty, she used to hug me. She is a hugger. She is sensitive and empathatic that she give warm bear hugs.

I used to feel jealous about my brother for his ability to hit the sack already asleep. Wait, what I mean is that since my father's death, I had been struggling with insomnia that I had a hard time falling asleep where as my brother when he was small, he would just sleep with all the sweat and dirt as soon as he lie down on bed. Even now, he could sleep one part on the bed and other part on his studying chair.

Source

How does one face temptations ? In my early twenties I loved eating so much, I enjoyed tasting food that I was able to eat a lot. Although I had crushes and brushes I wasn't really into being committed to one out of the fear of being under another rulership and losing my freedom to be myself. Well, my mom says that as long as I live under my mom's roof, I have to obey her rules. So for me getting married means, in a nutshell, it's going under a new authority or rulership. Thankfully since she is my mom, she always encourages me to be true to myself and she doesn't try to change me into someone I'm not. Twice I was kind of tempted to actually consider even when the person is not a beliver in Jesus Christ when I learned that the person is a professional chef. So I prayed God to remind me how much I need Him in my life even when I poop, for Him to be the one to release what's inside me peacefully without a struggle.

Since I was a small baby I had constipation and my mom had tried all kinds of stuff to release me from pain. Then when I was a teenager I used to take medicine and eat all types of fruits that supposedly helped to relieve myself. I used to pass out blood and it was actually quite painful. I remember at a prayer meeting, a pastor said that there is a person who struggle to poop and that God is going to heal if come forward . I was so embarrassed to go to the front that I stayed and later I truly regretted my choice. Seeing my mom with all tubes after a surgery I really didn't want to go through that I began to pray daily for my healing. Now I can say that I hardly get piles and I thank God for looking out for me and reminding me how much I need Him in my life :)


My biggest temptation is eating food. If I didn't break my leg because of my weight, I wouldn't have been so careful of my food intake. Every thing is in Papa God's hands and I rest in knowing that He loves me :)

© 2020 Rochelle Ann De Zoysa

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    • DDE profile image

      Devika Primić 

      9 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Interesting and so true about what goes on in life. Sometimes decisions are difficult and certain issues can't go by that. The one thinks and reacts explains their influences.

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      Rochelle Ann De Zoysa 

      10 months ago from Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

      Well said Lady Peggy and thank you :) Yes we all learn through our choices and decisions as we influence or impact others through them. Take care and may God bless you!

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      Peggy Woods 

      10 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Your faith in God shines throughout this article. We all must make our own decisions as we navigate life. You are learning, as we all do, what is most important.

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      Rochelle Ann De Zoysa 

      10 months ago from Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

      Thank you lady Dora for your kind words :) I just happen to be a little too open and my courage comes from knowing that Jesus Christ is with me wherever I may be :) Healthy fear is good since when one is too open it gives an opportunity for another to use your weaknesses against you or manipulate your weaknesses for their own agenda. Stay safe and healthy :) Take care and may God bless you !

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      Dora Weithers 

      10 months ago from The Caribbean

      Being aware of these inner struggles means that you are learning to understand yourself and you're growing. You're also teaching those of us who are not brave enough to face our fears, that there is strength in being honest. I appreciate your work.

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      Rochelle Ann De Zoysa 

      10 months ago from Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

      Thank you lady Liz :) As long as I deny the existence of my weaknesses I am not open for suggestions or growth. What I learned is that, the sooner I admit my weaknesses, I am open for self improvement and inner growth. To face some weaknesses I need the help of others. I'm glad to hear that you were encouraged by this and the illustrations seem to express what I needed to express :) Take care and may God bless you!

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      Rochelle Ann De Zoysa 

      10 months ago from Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

      Thank you Lady Lorna for your kind words :) Yes having faith in Jesus Christ and the knowledge that He loves me, encourages me and gives me the comfort that I need :) God bless you !

    • rdsparrowriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Rochelle Ann De Zoysa 

      10 months ago from Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

      Thank you Sir Billy for your kind compliment :) I don't know much about buddhism . Stay blessed Sir Billy :)

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      Liz Westwood 

      10 months ago from UK

      I also really appreciate the illustrations you have used in this article.

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      Liz Westwood 

      10 months ago from UK

      I really admire your openness and honesty, not to mention your poetic skill in putting this all into verse. Your faith in God shines through this article.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      10 months ago

      I believe that our inner strength is our strongest resource. In reading your article Rochelle I was reminded that regardless of your struggles you are very aware of your strengths and weaknesses. Your faith also shines through and I believe this is where you find your courage. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and daily struggles - you have a beautiful heart Rochelle and this is also evident in your article.

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      Bill Holland 

      10 months ago from Olympia, WA

      The perfect description of life: a daily struggle! I think the Buddhists are correct in their philosophy of life. It is painful and it is struggling and it is....if we allow it to be....wonderful.

      You are wonderful!

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