Monday, 15 September 2014


There is nothing wrong with ambition, but sometimes motivation is less clear sighted than we like to think., and we lose sight of our priorities if only temporarily; worse, we risk losing sight of who we are in our anxiety to prove we are more than a match for someone else…

Comparing ourselves with others is rarely a good idea as we will almost certainly go through life feeding an inferiority complex. Everyone is different, with different strengths and weaknesses. We need to lose any self-consciousness and develop the self-confidence to focus on ourselves and those people and issues that matter most to us. Otherwise, in attempting to prove we are as good as or better than someone else, we risk losing everything that really matters.


You hardly notice
I am here, and should you care
to look over your shoulder
the chances are you’ll not see me;
if the light is right I’ll fade
from sight, or (better still) no light
at all where I have taken
what I can of your mind and soul,
made them my own

You don’t fear me,
though you should, for am surely
your worst enemy;
you carry on with this and that,
making your way
in life, believing it’s your own
while all the time it’s mine;
my ambitions you aspire to fulfil,
rarely your own

Oh, but I am clever,
and would never lead you so astray
that you become lost
in a maze of conflicting emotions
and cannot find your way back
to where I intend you should be,
feeding you (now and then)
a hollow victory, its celebration
mine, all mine

You, my puppet, I, your puppeteer;
One upmanship, the Manipulator

 Copyright R. N. Taber 2011; 2014

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