For quite a long while, I suffered from the spirit of shyness. Yes, it’s a spirit. This is so because anything that keeps you from being who you were created to be, is a suppressive spirit. It suppresses you so much that ordinarily, you start to feel it is the right thing to do until it becomes a habit.

Shyness is a psychological defect; so the next time you feel shy, know that there is a defect in your psychological well-being.

The above theory was my own cure for shyness. I mean, I couldn’t imagine myself being defective at such a length. I had to decide to give it up by telling myself that, “For God hath not given us (me) the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” – II Timothy 1 vs 7 [emphasis by me]

My second motivator to giving up the spirit of shyness was a lady I had met at a Conference. She saw me drawing an artistic representation of one of the speakers, a foreigner. So, she urged and even had to beg me to gently walk up to him and show it to him, stating how emotional it would make him feel. I rebuffed and told of how shy I was.

Practically, she preached to me; telling me how my shyness is sure to keep me from making a headway in life. After an introspection of my life and aligning it with her sermon to me, I saw nothing but truth in all her words.

God bless you, Angela, wherever you may be. You were God sent.

Come off it! You weren’t created to be shy; situations and life occurrences made you to. Shyness is a form of self-esteem complex. You too can be liberated like I was. It all starts with your freedom to choose. I chose to be free from it. You too can. Decide today.

Louis Noel O.™

May 2016



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