In the world of conformity and conditioning to seek externally for everything, we have many other people as heroes, except ourselves.
Not only does this trivialise the potent power that lies dormant within, but we disregard our individual significance.
We look up to others for inspiration, wisdom and even approval; yet, we are oblivious to our intuition, instincts and opportunities of realisations from our own experience.
As much as it is not really our fault to find ourselves in this position, it is our sole responsibility to get ourselves out.
Our dependence on the external has become prescriptive. Not only do we place our health on the lifeline of prescriptions, but way more far than that.
Our choices of a partner, a friend and even how we should use our mental faculties is subliminally and remotely controlled.
We are ignorant to the fact that our overall health is not only physical but largely depends on our mental and spiritual state – within and not without.
We rely on prescriptions for what to eat, how many times and in what proportions.
We consult others on what books to read and how to find purpose, yet we ignore the voice of our intuition.
We disregard the most natural communication with the body.
We ignore the fact that no man is like the other and, therefore, a one-size-fits-all way of life is of no good to anyone.
We look outside for a hero almost in every aspect of life and belittle our paramount essence.
We forget that the best and real hero we can ever have has always been ourselves.
We forget that if one only takes the time and chooses the place to search, the hero is right within.
We forget that almost in every situation, even when with others, one is always with themself. Others may be there for us and understand what we are going through but only the aggrieved bear and feel the pain.
One forgets that no matter how many times they experience the darkest times, they never gave up on themself.
We forget the conversations we have had with ourselves. The contemplations, arguments and inner contradictions with thee self. We forget about when we faced the hardest choices to make and the courage we had to get ourselves through all the hardships – how we pulled ourselves from the wells of self-pity and low self-esteem.
It is very daunting that after all one has gone through, it is always hard to realise one’s brightness and its magnificence.
It is amazing how one must always wait for external recognition and approval, even for accomplishments that they single-handedly intended to have.
So, it shall remain until man realises that no other man is wiser, stronger and powerful than anyone.
It is in this individual and natural power that we must always stand and remember that even in our act of seeking counsel, in our possession lies the potent intuitive guidance.
What if we recognise that we have always been our own heroes – nothing is impossible.
It is only then when we may realise that this power and this hero is in every man – although in ignorance, it lays dormant and eventually withers out.
Uncommon Sense is published every Friday in the New Era newspaper with contributions from Karlos Naimwhaka