The Inner Demon

Inner DemonHave you ever felt like there’s an inner demon living inside you? I’m guessing you have.

So here we are in week 3 of our Living Well Wednesdays, and I’d like to start by introducing you to someone; a very mean someone–and its me!

Now I’m sure most of my friends would jump to my defense here (and thank you for thinking that), but they haven’t actually met this version of me (at least I hope not!).

So let me introduce “me” to you, the same way I found “me” this week.

That Voice in My Head

It began on Monday morning, driving to work and listening to that little voice in my head.

“Well, you didn’t get much done this weekend did you? Didn’t walk the dog like you’re supposed to; ate too much chocolate; didn’t call your sister; AND what about those 2 pound you gained, huh?”

Well the voice went on from there and I had a hard time trying to sit up straight and enjoy the beautiful sunrise on my way in to the office. In order to drown “me” out, I had to turned up the radio and tried to concentrate on listening to that instead.

There used to be a short radio piece each day called Character Counts, by Michael Josephson and on this particular Monday he talked about kindness. As I listened, I realized that kindness isn’t just something we give to others–we need to give it to ourselves too.

After all, if we don’t know how to be kind to ourselves–how can we be sure we’re kind to others?

Miss Inner Demon

This is what my Inner Demon must look likeWell, sitting there beating myself up, I realized that sometimes, we are our own worst enemy! Did you ever realize that?

I was a sitting duck for all the abuse I was heaping on myself; and if someone else were to say some of that stuff, I think know I would defend myself! I also know that if I heard someone talking to my friends like that, I’d certainly step in.

No More Inner Demon Allowed!

So this week, I plan on making friends with Miss Inner Demon–I’ll kill her with kindess!  I’m also going to make sure this kindness gets spread around to everyone I come in contact with.  Smiling at a stranger, holding open a door, picking up something dropped–most of this stuff I do unconsciously, but I’m going to try to be more aware, so I can do it more often.

Friendship & kindness will kick that inner demon to the curbIf you’re not sure how you can become more kind, take a look at this site for more ideas. You can even sign up to become a RAKtivist. Maybe if we all can make someone else’s day a little brighter, we’ll be able to beat our own inner demons; and that will make the world a better place for everyone! Happy Wednesday!


  1. Ann –

    Unfortunately, we all have that side of our nature. It is so self destructive.
    Thank you for the wonderful reminder to make sunshine for someone else!

  2. Sunshine! That’s the word of the day today, thanks Belinda!

  3. Loved it! Sounds like my week! Thanks so much for sharing. It was needed by me for sure!

  4. What an AWESOME post! Well done Ann! It’s true, we are all our own worst enemies. Good for you for embracing it!

  5. Michelle Wolski says

    What a great idea, Ann! It’s those little acts of kindness that we take for granted, but they could totally make someone’s day.

  6. Ann,
    You have such a wonderful way with words. I love that your updates are more than just a quickie update, they are a philosophical commentary on life that always gets me thinking.

    Love that! You rock! And if you ever run into that nasty little demon voice again, send her my way. I will give her ‘what for’!

  7. Thanks Jan! I just figure that I have so many things to “improve,” I’ll just keep working on them every Wednesday.

  8. Love this post…and understand it completely! Thanks for the insight.

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