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Anyone recognise the line?

From ‘Welcome to the Black Parade’ by ‘My Chemical Romance’.

“He said, “Son, when you grow up would you be
The saviour of the broken, the beaten and the damned?”
He said, “Will you defeat them? Your demons
And all the non-believers, the plans that they have made?”

Jumped out at me the other day while doing the (near two hour) school run.

If we’re wanting to be the saviour of the broken, the beaten and the damned………….

Whether that’s others or ourselves…………..

Then there’s two things that need to be defeated.

One really.

There’s the non-believers.

Those that we feel try to make this all harder than it has to be.

Those that try and flabotage us (“Go on, have one. You’re making me feel bad. Stop being miserable. You’re no fun anymore”).

Those that challenge and frustrate us.

But, let’s be honest……………

They’ll always be there.

We can minimise our exposure in some cases.

And we can ‘defeat’ them by doing what needs to be done, irrespectively.

But, in reality, what we need to ‘defeat’ are our ‘demons’ with regards to them and in general.

It all boils down to what’s going on in our head.

The only thing we, ultimately, have control over.

Our ‘demons’.

And the plans that they have made.

Because it’s them that’ll hold us back.

The voice that tells us “I can’t do this”.

“This isn’t for me”

“This is too hard / difficult / confusing”

“I don’t have the time for this”

“I’m too busy”

And so on.

We can’t fully control what we think, of course.

Anyone that tells us we can is mistaken.

But anyone that tells us we have no control over our thoughts is misguided too.

They say that good questions are the steering wheel of the mind.

Maybe rudder is more accurate.

Slowly start to move this big cumbersome ‘ship’ over time.

Little to no observable change in direction to start.

But distance can create a full 360.

We can cross oceans.

And, whatever our thoughts, we can still choose our actions.

Hard sometimes, sure.

But if we’re wanting to be the saviour of the broken, the beaten and the damned (others or ourselves)……….

We’ll need to defeat those demons from time to time.

Much love,

Jon ‘Emo’ Hall

About The Author

Jon Hall

When not helping people to transform their lives and bodies, Jon can usually be found either playing with his kids or taxi-ing them around. If you'd like to find out more about what we do at RISE then enter your details in the box to the right or bottom of this page or at myrise.co.uk - this is the same way every single one of the hundreds who've described this as "one of the best decisions I've ever made" took their first step.