Memories and Demons
By Rashad Carre
I heard a phrase in a movie, “Memories are like ghosts. We can run away from them or face them.” The truth is we’re all made up of memories that have formed our character, whether or not we want to deny it. Hopefully enough of our memories are like fairies, which boost confidence to new, positive memories. But inevitably there will be the haunting of those memories that become our demons. The thing is, the more we run away from those demons, the more fortified they become. They fester and churn inside, seeping into deeper crevices that only a miracle of self-discovery can begin to heal. Unfortunately, for most of us that never happens, because of a powerful weapon those demons have – FEAR. It’s a weapon that acts like a screen to seeing beyond fear. It’s not about being clairvoyant, but feeling how life can be without fear’s hounding presence.
But then comes faith. By holding onto faith we can survive the battle with fear. Once that battle is won, the challenge that ensues is learning responsibility to each demon. It’s important not to be fooled into believing one can get rid of them. Demons want a fight and the bigger they are, the happier they are, because they know we can’t win. They are, after all, memories. Our responsibility is to understand how a memory makes us feel, and little by little by addressing those feelings, the demon can be laid to rest. For most of us it’s a long challenge, and for each person and each demon, it may require a different approach. Patience, respect and love will defeat the demons, and ultimately what one gains by overcoming them.