On Motivational Quotes

We’ve all seen them.  Posters, coffee mugs, t-shirts, plaques, etc., all designed to lift one up from whatever foul mood or attitude one may be experiencing, and motivate one to face a new day or meet a new goal.  A noble endeavor, to say the least.  The trouble is, there has been such a flood of “motivators” they have become cliche, to the point of there being entire sections of the Internet devoted to “demotivators.”

Now, don’t get me wrong, I find demotivators as funny as the next guy.  That has been a problem in the past.  I became so cynical, it was difficult to get through meetings and training sessions without getting bored or angry.  Usually both.

I’m trying to do better.  I decided when I started my new job to try a new attitude as well.  I’m no cheerleader, but, I’m not the constant grouch, either.  I just do my thing, and the others can do theirs.  We’ll either be together, or we won’t.  That’s worked out pretty well for me, and has lead to another new job.  I even like going to work every night, a feeling I haven’t had in a long time.

I found a motivational poem a few weeks ago.

Food For Thought

Did is a word of achievement

Won’t is a word of retreat

Might is a word of bereavement

Can’t is a word of defeat

Ought is a word of duty

Try is a word each hour

Will is a word of beauty

Can is a word of power

In the past, I would have torn that apart, maybe (probably) even written a parody.  I’m getting too old to waste the time or energy.

I’ve noticed, while watching a show or a movie, that I found myself saying, “I could have written a better line/scene/story than that.”  So, I’m going to try my hand at writing.  This blog is part of that effort.


4 thoughts on “On Motivational Quotes

  1. Good stuff. I love writing too. Over the past year, maybe it has developed from age or experience, I’ve let things roll off my back. Who knows, maybe I’ve just given up but I can honestly say that I’ve been the happiest I’ve been in decades. Keep up the writing, anxious to read you next Blog.


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