A funny thing happened the other evening.  I was playing Trivia Crack and my turns suddenly were gone and the game was over.

“Ohh, I thought I had a lot more time.” Those were the very words out of my mouth.


The jolt I received made me realize that one day that might well be my last sentence.

The shock of it hit me so hard that I sat up in bed, despite being drained of energy, and wrote down those very words on a small 2 x 3 Thought Pad from the Hampton Inn I had visited recently.

I decided I would read those words every single morning to encourage me to be more productive with my writing, my life. The words could apply to any project you’re working on, but since I am a writer, I’m talking about writing.

So far, hearing those words over and over is working. I have found myself working more diligently, walking farther, staying up later.  It seems to apply to all areas of my life. It has given me energy when I was ready to take a nap.

For self inspiration, we need to listen to ourselves when we offer advice to others who need a boost.

All of the familiar words — “You can do it, you just have to believe you can do it. And then you have to work like crazy.” That type of remark? Sound familiar. Even as I say it to someone else, I am thinking how powerful those words truly are.

Be aware of what you say to yourself and what you say to others. You are your own personal motivational speaker.





4 thoughts on “Listen

  1. Benjie Blase August 23, 2016 / 8:45 am

    Great words to strive for! Maybe you should print some bumper stickers with those words and sale them!

  2. Anne-Marie August 23, 2016 / 12:06 pm

    Of course, this made me tear up…and it inspired me to be my best self…even on the hard days.

  3. b bartos August 23, 2016 / 12:35 pm

    I THOUGHT I had a lot more time and I WISH I had a lot more time! Yes, this is familiar with all of us. Thanks for the post; it’s a great one 🙂

  4. Lisa Cone August 23, 2016 / 7:12 pm

    Darla, this could apply to life in so many ways! Thanks for sharing!

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