Inspiring Tidbits

Note to Self

"Thank you for who you are" painted on a stranger's Subaru in Austin, TX

I stumbled upon this sweet message a few days ago on the rear window of a stranger’s station wagon, and I smiled for hours afterward about the fact that we live in a world where someone thinks to make such a kind gesture toward another person. I mean, just imagine going down to your parking space on a hectic morning and being greeted by the words, “Thank you for who you are.” Would this not make your week? Nay, how could it not make your month?

This got me thinking about the messages I’d like to leave for the people I appreciate and the sweet nothings I’d like them to write me in return. But, the reality is: we don’t need to wait on others to sprinkle pep talks on our vehicles – we can write inspirational notes to ourselves. For me, the message I’d most like to see written on the trash cans and billboards I pass everyday is, “Silence the doubt and f*$%@#g get it done.” Yes, that’s right – I have heaps of work right now that I simply need to get done, and I require constant reminders to silence the doubts that wiggle themselves onto my path and stand in my way. Doubts take the form of little voices telling me everything that’s wrong with my writing before I even finish a first draft, high-pitched naggings that question my schedule/plan of attack, and (here’s the kicker) hurtful words from anyone who’s ever doubted my talent in all the history of time…You know you’re in trouble when your subconscious is traveling back to third grade and letting historical frienemys cast doubt over what you’re doing now, but this is precisely why anyone with a big project ahead or a new life adventure on the horizon could use this little trick of composing inspirational notes to one’s self. I know my kitchen dry-erase board and I will be indulging in this activity tomorrow, but how about you? What little note would you like to see first thing in the morning? What love note would you write to yourself on your windshield or bathroom mirror, and what inspirational message would be most useful for you right now?

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4 Comments

  • Reply Tony April 12, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Punch the keys, for god’s sake.

  • Reply Jennifer R. Coté April 12, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Nice one, Tony. Think I’ll have to add this into my motivational rotation.

  • Reply Tony April 12, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    It’s from Finding Forrester. I’m sorry.

  • Reply Jennifer R. Coté April 12, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    Damn you and your thievery. Not a bad little saying to steal, though.

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