Saturday, 17 September 2011

What do you hide?

I am reading a novel at the moment which is giving me pause for thought in many ways as it is written using the inner monologue. It's fascinating, shocking and sometimes unsettling to read these fictional characters innermost thoughts.

It is also a little frustrating to read because I can see how what they are thinking and what they are saying are so very different at times. This works in some ways as they do the sensible thing of speaking once their brain is engaged, and fails when they misjudge the other person's response and keep silent when they should speak out. All very human indeed.

I then started reflecting on the idea of the inner monologue. If my inner monologue was recorded for all to read, how would I feel?

I once swore as a child. Take a deep breath and prepare yourself for the words I uttered at a mere 14 years old in the presence of my God-mother. If you think you will be able to cope read on, for I said:

"Oh Sugar!"

The response to this deeply disturbing utterance was:

"Watch your language! I know what you were thinking."

My Godmother was probably right, I can't remember, but there is a shorter word being with S I tend to favour in adulthood. What was supprising for me was the suggestion that I needed to be admonished for even thinking a bad word let alone saying it.

That utterance is certainly not all that I would wish to keep to myself, I am sure that I have thought far more shameful things in my 31 years on this earth. I have certainly said a lot worse.

It is good to be reminded of my inner self, the thoughts that pass through my head but are never aired. I find when I come to repentance, it is the things that are left unsaid that are larger in number. Thanks be to God for forgiveness.

For I may not have my inner monologue written in a bestselling novel for the world to read but far more importantly in the words of Psalm 69:5

O God, thou knowest my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from thee.


  1. I think it's a very good thing that most of our inner thoughts remain just that and if we are somewhat immoderate (and occasionally, immodest) in our inner monologues then we should thank God for giving us the wisdom to know when to be silent.
    We will all answer to him ultimately, but in the interim it's no bad thing to offend no-one else.

  2. Thank you! I think there is a quote there I shall remember when in a moment of frustration with another "We will all answer to him ultimately, but in the interim it's no bad thing to offend no-one else." Perfect.