Don Charisma’s Black Box

Within a person’s mind, another lives. Another who is unlike the one that is visible to the world. Another who would frighten those around them with their honesty, thoughts and reasoning. The same one who frightens us.

We try to stuff this person down, knowing that if they were to surface our world would change. People would see inside and know more than we are willing to show them. They would know the person within. The one who keeps the secrets. The one who feels emotions that shouldn’t be felt. The one who feels fear, shame, deep rooted sadness, anger and insecurities. The one who is not strong.

The one who scares even us.

Sitting in its cage, it reaches out from time to time to breathe the fresh air that we call our own. Its reach touches the very ones we love and we rush to pull it back. To place it back into its cage.

We don’t trust it. We don’t like it. It frightens us. So we contain it, the best we can. We pretend that it is not there. That it does not dwell inside. If we don’t let it free, then no one will know that it exists. Only us.

Our fear is that one day we will no longer be able to contain it. It will burst free and all will see it. They will see the hidden parts, where we are most vulnerable.

This is the secret us. The one that even we don’t fully understand. The hidden one. The mysterious one.


This post is a part of Don Charisma’s Prompt: Fear

Have a look around in your imagination, see if you can find something that youโ€™re afraid of, pick the easiest thing not the most challenging. Let it be, explore the feeling and the thoughts that come up. Use what comes up to do your prompt. Make it short and spontaneous.

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20 Responses to Fear

  1. Khai says:

    Slowly but surely over the past couple years I’ve been letting that person out as long as he promises to behave politely. And slowly but surely, he’s been finding out that he can be both honest and loved, as long as his honesty is not outright insulting. He’s practicing expressing honest thoughts with tact, just now, but it’s nice to feel like if I forget to lock the cage, he probably won’t destroy my life anymore.


  2. Doobster418 says:

    Yikes. So you’re saying we each have a Mr. Hyde living inside of our Dr. Jekyll. Oh my!


  3. moi says:

    For some people this is the person who IS out and about, at least portions of it.


  4. suzjones says:

    Within each woman is an inner bitch. My mother taught me that. Scary isn’t it? ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. DailyMusings says:

    This is thought provoking in terms of the fear actually being fear of what is lurking within the person, not a fear of “something” but of the actual self. Maybe it would be good to let that person out… honesty about who we are can be freeing I think. Scary at first, but freeing.


    • mewhoami says:

      Although honesty is freeing, I believe that there is a truth within each of us that may not always be good to share. Thoughts we have, emotions we feel and fears that plague us, ones in which no benefit would come from sharing them with others. The private things within us.


  6. therandomg says:

    Loved reading this, Nice!


  7. JF says:

    Strong post! But the only way to change the world for the better is to overcome this fear.


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  9. April says:

    What I hide as if it were contained in a black box is intriguing. I’m tired of being confined by fear left to feel my way around the confine of a black box. It’s time to be who I am, and accept that includes my flaws as well. Nice post–thanks for some new things to ponder.


    • mewhoami says:

      I love how you put that! Beautiful writing, April. The confines of a black box… That’s it exactly. Our black box. I say be who you are. You’re a wonderful person and you deserve to let yourself shine, flaws and all.


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