“It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere“- Voltaire
Who among us doesn’t at least for a moment think the fool Voltaire speaks of, is someone other than ourselves?
We all have chains don’t we?
Chains come in many forms, pride, hatred, greed, spite, envy, These seem obvious as they exude evil.
But what are the “revered” chains Voltaire spoke of?
May I propose they are the shackles of codependency, and physical and/or emotional abuse? Why don’t victims break free of these bindings?
Unfortunately, victims can be so beaten down that sadly this abuse provides a warped sense of security. Knowing that they (the chains) are if nothing else, always there.
Be safe and take care of yourself first so, you can care for others.
Why are you looking at me like that?
Did I do something wrong?
My senses suddenly become sharper,, ears feel hot, “tick…tock”..I hear a clock ticking nearby
Tick tock, tick tock
Survival mode, pupils dilate
Why is the door locked?
I feel I should run but my feet weigh heavy like cinderblocks
Under my loose fitting shirt, I feel a bead of nervous sweat run down my rib cage
Tick…..tock….tick ……..tock….everything is in slow motion,
I am terrified, Why can’t I scream?
Tick…..tock You manipulate me like clay..
Tick tock…Tick tock… tick tock… tick tock
If I say anything, I am a bleeding heart victim and an attention whore.
When you are a victim of abuse, you don’t always understand what is happening which IS one of the reasons many victims fall prey.Innocence. Especially children. You become frozen and confused.
Once you realize the brevity of what happened, guilt and shame set it….you feel alone. This is a lie.. You are NOT alone