Friday, June 24, 2011

Writer’s Block (Part 6 of 16)

All of us have a censorious voice in our heads. It's a form of self-protection and warns us when we're ready to do something foolish or against our values. But sometimes that censoring nag is too finely tuned and prevents us from being open with people.

That voice whispers, "If anyone else knows you think such thoughts, they'd shun you forever." Or the voice I fight says, "This is so simplistic. Everybody knows that. You're insulting them."

I've learned not to listen to that inner critic, but many do.

The protective voice inside your head
may be too protective.

4 comments:

  1. Great stuff, Cec. Thanks so much!

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  2. I believe there is a balance. Sometimes it is wise to heed the inner voice. Yet other times proceeding with caution is best. If we continue to do nothing, nothing will happen.

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  3. I agree with Janelle - one of Satan's deceptive tricks is to convince us to not act, tell us we are paralyzed & don't have the right to speak out, allow us to think we are only one voice & thus not strong enough to effect change. WRONG!! You are right, Cec, keep reminding all of us about this!!

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  4. Yes, the difference between condemnation and guidance can often be confused. I heard a trusted pastor say that if a thought brings depression, confusion and despair, it's the enemy. I think we writers are prone to listen to condemnation more than we should.

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