There are these voices
That live in my head
I’m not mad
We all have them there
Listen to them
How do they sound?
Are they male
Are they familiar?
I have my Dad
In fact most of my inner critics
Are male – I hear them
Saying things like
“Wake up to yourself”
And of course the ubiquitous
“Shut up – you talk too much”
Doubt is harder to pick
Is it my mother?
Perhaps we had better not..
Rock the boat
Well that is a voice I call myself
Yes, and that’s where it stems from
These are both voices that I do a great job of
Whilst always listening
To the voice of
On to everything I touch
There are a few other females
I don’t pay them any heed
Worked out long ago
They can only see
From a narrow base of fear
However the funny thing is
When you start paying attention
To what is being said
And who is saying it
There simply isn’t anyone there
*Paying attention to the voice of self criticism is a great way to rid myself of it I’ve found.
Reflection and writing have been two of the trustiest and most effective tools of “emptying” old toxic thought patterns and beliefs from my system.
Last Friday WordPress informed me I had written 500 posts.
I would say most of them would be since last October when I reopened the blog and since then have posted nearly every day.
Seth Godin said that writing a blog and posting daily was in the top best five moves he has ever made – more in an article here
I would have to say it has been one of mine too and I have met so many wonderful people that I wouldn’t have otherwise.
For the next 500 posts (to get to my 1000 bits of paper) I will be continuing to share – almost daily – meaningful moments of mine along the way. I look forward to reading yours.
Due to the extent of posts behind me now I will also randomly link to older posts in case anyone wants a quick read “back there”.
Other posts: https://athousandbitsofpaper.com/2020/05/12/the-fence-that-keeps-us-penned/
*header photo – shadows of one of my dogs Ringo and I out walking. Conditioning or “the voices in our heads” remind me of shadows – always there, attached to us yet unlike shadows – we often imagine them real. Once observed however, they tend to lose their power over us and dissipate.
19 thoughts on “The Ventriloquist”
A disembodied ventriloquist! Wonderful! And 500 posts! That’s quite some going! Well done and good luck for the next 500 🙂
You are most welcome!!
I’ll take you up on the suggestion to pay attention to the voice of self criticism. Congrats on your record of 500 posts to date 🙂
Every day (and sometimes twice) adds up quicker than you would think Rosaliene 😊
So true! Thanks for sharing!
My pleasure – thanks for reading 😊
Congratulations on the big 500! 😀
Half way there 😁
Wise words ❤️ congratulations 🎉🎉 dear for the 500 posts, it’s definitely an achievement!
Thank you 😊
Wow, 500 posts. Congrats. I loved this one. I have those voices in my head also. Great job. #henhouselady
I can relate to that, Kate, writing helps me to clarify my thoughts and bring things into perspective. Writing drowns out the other voices in my head and allows me to concentrate on what is before me. Congratulations on the 500 posts, quite an undertaking. Particularly to keep the creative juices flowing.
Oh isn’t this the truth! 👏 Always trying to weed out those unrelenting voices. Writing certainly helps 😊 Congrats on 500 posts!
Congrats on 500 posts 🥳 love this post and the shadows, great comparison 👌
Thanks Kellie 😊