Thursday, July 17, 2008

Dealing with Doubt

Eight years ago I wrote in my journal the following entry (which I subsequently used in my book on late bloomers):

I'm struggling with doubt. The trick, I suspect, is to turn away before it grabs you by the throat. My personal demon sits on my shoulder wearing a gray business suit and a fedora and whispers in my ear that I'd better keep my day job. "You're not a writer," it taunts me. When I shared this with my mom, she remarked, "That little devil sounds just like your dad!"

I still struggle with doubt. (Who doesn't?) But these days I no longer ignore my fedora-wearing demon; I talk back to it!

Note: The photo above is of my hypercritical, yet generous-hearted father, taken when he was in his 20's.


  1. This post is a gem, Prill. I hope you don't just talk back, but shout at the top of your lungs! :)


  2. Thanks, Anne. I agree!

  3. "Life and death are in the power of the tongue."

    Name it, claim it, and make it yours!

  4. Love the quote? Where does it come from?

  5. The quote is from the Bible.

    Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it- for death or life. (New Amplified Version)