Is there a person, a habit, a problem, or maybe a situation in your life, that seems bigger than you? Stronger than you? More powerful than you? Overwhelming to you?
Do you really believe that it’s your lot in life to have a giant sitting on you, settling itself right dead center in your life . . . controlling you and your world with fear?
And just what would you do with your life if you were free of this giant?
Would you, maybe, go and find another giant to take its place?
Is having this giant in your life actually serving you in some, albeit negative, way?
Has having this giant in your life kept you from developing some aspect of your Self?
Have you been hiding behind your giant? (Note that I’m calling this your giant.)
You do realize that this is your giant—right?
The strengths that we assign to our giants are a reflection of our own perceived incapabilities and weaknesses. The power that we perceive our giants have over us correlates directly with the lack of powerlessness we perceive in ourselves.
Did, perhaps, your giant seek you out because you seemed to need it to define your life for you?
Or did you, maybe, seek out your giant as something/someone you could hide behind while shying away from the daunting work of growing up and moving forward?
Do you think, if you were to begin to exhibit certain different behaviors, your giant would begin to lose its power over its area of your life?
Do you think things would change if you began to shift your focus from your giant’s strengths to your own capabilities? Reckoning with, not your giant’s power, but your own perceived lack of power?
Excerpt from From Trouble to High Places: Meditations for Women Who are So Ready to Cross the Bridges that Lead to Joy! Copyright 2009 Esther Davis-Thompson