I have a secret…I have a dark side. Guess what else?
You do too.
Actually, I think we all have a dark side that we contend with on a daily basis for control of our lives. For some of us, we’re fighting a losing battle and are counting down the days to total self-destruction. For others…you’d never know they were anything other than bright and shiny, happy people. You know, those annoying people who are smiling at dark-thirty in the morning while the rest of stumble around in a brain fog for a half hour.
I may be The Positive Piper, but even the piper has her limits at dark-thirty in the morning, y’all.
So, the real question isn’t whether you have a dark side, but how bad it is.
Are you in control of your dark side or does it control you?
Now that I’ve given you a sneak preview of what we’re focusing on next Tuesday (don’t even pretend it doesn’t apply to you), let’s move on to some food for thought. This week’s quote comes to us from Friedrich Nietzsche:
“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And when you look long into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you.”
Confession time…until a few months ago, I only knew the second half of that quote. Now that I know the full quote, I think it’s even more powerful.
But that could just be me.
So…anyone care to share what monsters you’re fighting in your life? If you’re not sure what your monsters are – or your dark passenger, if you prefer – now would be a good time to ponder. Spoiler Alert: knowing will cut down next Tuesday’s task.
And if you’re thinking about procrastinating on that, might I suggest that you’ve just found one of your monsters?
That’s all I’ve got for today, so I’ll open this one up for discussion…just in case I have any lurking philosophers who’d like to tackle Nietzsche. What does this week’s quote mean to you? As always, you know I’ll be sharing my take on Tuesday.
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