Posted here by Charon. Poe is a favorite of mine.
By Edgar Allan Poe
From childhood’s hour I have not been
As others were; I have not seen
As others saw; I could not bring
My passions from a common spring.
From the same source I have not taken
My sorrow; I could not awaken
My heart to joy at the same tone;
And all I loved, I loved alone.
Then- in my childhood, in the dawn
Of a most stormy life- was drawn
From every depth of good and ill
The mystery which binds me still:
From the torrent, or the fountain,
From the red cliff of the mountain,
From the sun that round me rolled
In its autumn tint of gold,
From the lightning in the sky
As it passed me flying by,
From the thunder and the storm,
And the cloud that took the form
(When the rest of Heaven was blue)
Of a demon in my view.
Are You Living WIth A Victim Mentality?
Are You Living With A Victim Mentality?
Here is a quiz to help you see if you’ve been carrying around a victim mentality that may be robbing you of your sense of personal power. Answer true or false to the following statements.
My first response to a setback is to blame another for what’s happened.
No matter what I do, things are not really going to change for me.
I often find myself beginning thoughts with phrases like “I cant….”I’m no good at …. I’ve never been able to…..
When angry, I rarely begin sentences with I
Conversations with others are often about how hard things are.
When I meet a person on the street that I haven’t seen in a while and they ask me how I am, I say, “I’m fine” and then start telling them all the things that are wrong in my life.
I’m always so busy with work and things I need to do that I don’t have time to do the things I want to do.
I must have done something really horrible in a past life because nothing ever works for me.
When friends offer advice, I usually counter it with a “Yes, but….”
No one really understands me or knows how challenging my life really is.
Victim hood is usually a way of staying stuck in old patterns and can be an externalizing way of dealing with unacknowledged anger or fear of change. If you answered true to a handful of these questions you might want to work on neutralizing the victim energy that limits your life and your happiness.