The uns have struck. The horde thundered in and overwhelmed my defenses. From whence they come, I know not, for they attacked with stealth, guile and cunning, a dark force seeking to conquer and subjugate me.
From what plains, caves and mountains do they dark forces ever form? They're always within in some form, encouraging discouragement and negativity. The four horsemen of defeatism - unworthy, unrespected, unappreciated, unnoticed, the words that rang through my head the last few days - led the horde. On their first strike, I thought, ignore them and they'll pass me by, leaving me unmolested. The strategy held against their first foray, spiriting me with with the conviction they could be defeated. Foolishly, I see now I'd misunderstood the uns' strengths and determination, whereupon I took up active arms against them. My defense then held a while and even manage to thrust them back, regaining territory from their dark rule. For a while, my hopes soared.
For a while....
This morning, I found the uns had stolen in through dreams and restlessness and taken me down. Others within me, like bitterness, frustration, resentment and jealousy, had taken up arms under the uns' pennants so now it was the uns and their dark allies traveling unmolested through my mind, wreaking destruction, ranging and pillaging as they chose. In their minds, I believe they think the war is over. They believe they have seized a permanent victory.
They are wrong, my friends. They are wrong. Now that I'm aware of them, I've begun guerilla tactics to combat their influence. They think the war was won because the uns, while powerful, are myopic in their vision and weak in their grasp of how the world works and who I am. I know this was just another battle. They believe they conquered me. Let them think that, I tell myself, for I know better. I lost a battle, not a large one at that. My forces were taken by surprise but now, led by optimism and determination, they're returning, secretly meeting and plotting to overthrow the dark uns ruling today's thoughts.
The uns won a battle, yes, but the war will go on so long as surrender isn't offered, and this I vow: I shall not yield. I will resist the uns as long as light and darkness chase their tails across our sky.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com