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Familiar Demons from Within

Our enemies are always present. All the old enemies are always gathered around us everywhere. I mean the enemies that come at us from within — doubt and self-doubt, anxiety, boredom, loneliness, failure, temptation. Let each of us name our special enemies for ourselves. How well we know them. How long we have done battle with them and how long we will doubtless have to go on battling.

- Frederick Buechner, The Clown in the Belfry (HarperSanFrancisco, 1992), p. 114.