When we reminisce about our problems as children or teenagers, they now seem miniscule and unimportant. And mostly, they were. At the time, however, they were earth-shattering, and ironically, marked the end our world, over and over again.
Still, we somehow survived the catastrophe to see and overcome the next. With age, we seem to forget that.
As adults, our problems and challenges, mostly of our own making, are much more complex and vexing. We face health conditions, financial problems, substance abuse, separation and divorce, as well as moral and spiritual crossroads.
Then, there are our enemies, those competing coworkers that undermine us on the job, who, are either gunning for our positions or upcoming promotions; or our former friends, or associates, who are jealous of what we have: our jobs, our talents, our lovers, our spouses, our homes, and our wealth.
They attack us in a variety of ways. They tune into our insecurities and our weaknesses and exploit them.
For some, it is too much. They succumb and irrationally play into their hands. They respond out of character. They snap out, raise their voices, and sometimes physically fight back. In the end, they make themselves appear as crazy, or the troublemakers and the real problem.
On the job, some become apprehensive, forget tasks, move too fast, and make mistakes, suddenly appearing as incompetent and underserving, validating their foes’ rumors, criticisms, and attacks.
In relationships, they become insecure, act jealous, and ultimately, neglect their mates, allowing the desired openings for others.
Others make bad financial decisions, or even overspend to impress the very same people who are jealous and want them to lose what they have.
Today, we are too quick to underestimate our possibilities and our greatness. We must realize that we deserve to be whom and where we are and have earned what we possess. In our lives, we have worked hard, accomplished much and are so much bigger, so much better than what we are confronted with and who we are confronted by. What we fail to do is place our enemies and their attacks into the proper perspective of our existence.
Our enemies are small and our problems are even smaller, making them minor distractions, begging for our attention like spoiled children. Regardless, the goals we have set and the plan we have laid must be maintained.
Ultimately, we must see ourselves as giants in the confines of our reality, and accept and address our problems and our enemies, like mosquitoes – momentary annoyances or irritants to be swatted at our leisure.
2016 © Eric Christopher Webb
The WordsByWebb blog distributes a weekly quotation and reflection every Tuesday from National Black Authors Tour bestselling author and multi-talented writer Eric Christopher Webb (E.WEBB?!) to inspire, motivate and encourage personal development of its readers. The blog also regularly shares news, updates, new poetry and excerpts of the writer’s latest work. Webb, a spoken word artist, former Washington News Correspondent for Thomson Newspapers and nationally-syndicated Soul Searching columnist, has also been featured in movies, music videos, commercials and literary documentaries on HBO, BET Weekend’s Evening of Spoken Word, BET’s Rap City, Video Jukebox, The Party Machine, The Learning Channel, Voice of America and XM Radio. He is the author of five books, including "The Garvey Protocol: Inspired By True Events," a 2013 Phillis Wheatley Book Award Finalist for First Fiction and the National Black Authors Tour bestseller, "Love Letters, Death Threats & Suicide Notes." He has also contributed to numerous anthologies, journals and magazines.
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