Beasts Are Strong, But We Are Stronger – Don’t Let the Beast Win
Nobody ever said life would be easy, but I can say without reservation that my life has been a whole lot harder than I had ever imagined. It never occurred to me that I would wind up riding the Roller Coaster From Hell with a Beast at my side. Had I imagined that Beast, I am not sure I would have thought it possible to take a stand against it, let alone, stand victoriously over it. Thanks to my vicious Beast, I found out just how courageous I am. The thing about Beasts, is that they are strong, but we are stronger. Stand up and reclaim your life from your Beast!
Your Beast Will Keep You From Your Life
What is a Beast? The funny thing is that I really haven’t had to explain it to many people. When all hell breaks loose, somewhere deep down, or right at the surface, you are aware of the Beast. For some people, though, the Beast might be more subtle. Maybe you have not been whacked upside the head by one of life’s two-by-fours, but you there is still something keeping you from joy, happiness, faith, peace, or purpose. That, my friend, is a Beast. And, that Beast will do his level best to keep you from walking out your purpose, from being all you were put on this earth to be. Your Beast will keep you from your life.
(the following is from the book, “Misery, You Don’t Get My Company,” written by Valerie Silveira)
Beasts come in all shapes and sizes. Some arrive as the result of an alcoholic or addict in the family, abuse, abandonment, an accident or illness, loss, perfectionism, or something else. Many are a combination of two or more. A Beast is a situation, person, attitude, or circumstance that has left you lost, defeated, frustrated, angry, hopeless, helpless or living in paralyzing fear. Our Beasts remind us of the past, keep us from living the present, and fearful of the future. Lots of things are Beasts, and most people are living with at least one.
Beasts are not from God. I don’t like to give enough respect to Satan by using his name, so I call him The Big Beast. If there is a school of Beasts, he is surely the headmaster.
The Beast only has a few tricks up his sleeve, but they are all powerful. Some of his favorites are guilt, shame, low self-worth, chaos, heartbreak, and fear. He will do whatever it takes to keep us living in these various states, or in all of them. The longer he can keep us believing we are not supposed to live as women of courage, the less likely we will, and the more miserable we become.
When I decided to stand up and claim my rightful place on this earth, as the daughter of a king, I knew who I was up against, but I also knew who was standing with me.
The more I take a stand against the Beast, the more he appears to back down, the way most bullies do. He does still come at me hard on occasion, so maybe he hasn’t backed down at all. Perhaps, I have just become courageous enough to believe he has.
Either way, the Beast will not win in my life. I refuse to stay down on the mat. I reject the notion I am not worthy of making a difference in this world. I cover my ears when he tries to convince me my best days are in the past. I ignore his attempts to send me into misery due to the loss of my beautiful daughter, Jamie, and her unsolved murder. I laugh when he suggests women are not courageous.
Standing up to my Beast might be the most difficult thing I have ever done, second only to living with him.
Valerie Silveira is an award-winning author, empowerment coach, international speaker and Beast slayer. Through the devastation of losing her daughter over and over to the addiction Beast, and finally losing her to a senseless murder, Valerie empowers others to stand up and fight for their lives. She is the creator of Nine Actions to Battle Your Beast and the Still Standing Sisterhood membership program. Valerie uses her books and Sisterhood to guide women in their quest for happiness, peace, and purpose. She builds up women of courage who stand strong against any Beast in their lives.
Until her death in August 2016, Valerie chose to call her daughter Jamie, “Jordan.”
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