Have you ever had one of those days? You know what I mean…one of those days – where you don’t feel inspired to keep at it, stick to it, hang in there, and not give up. I suspect each of us has a quiet moment when we let this thinking overtake us for a moment. Or even longer.
Just as I have a habit of collecting subject lines and newspaper headlines that I like (ever since high school), I also keep a “keeper” file. It used to be a manila file, then it became a plastic sleeve, then a large file folder in the cabinet, and now the keeper file is on my desktop. It contains sayings of all kinds, but each of them hit home at some moment. So in my sub-file called “one of those days” there are some sayings that help keep me going.
“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” – Theodore Roosevelt
“Whenever you see a successful business, someone made a courageous decision.” – Peter Drucker
“All I ask is this: Do something. Try something. Speaking out, showing up, writing a letter, a check, a strongly worded e-mail. Pick a cause — there are few unworthy ones. And nudge yourself past the brink of tacit support to action. Once a month, once a year, or just once.” – Joss Whedon
“The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.” – William James
“Going one more round when you don’t think you can. That’s what makes all the difference in the world.” – Rocky Balboa
And at the last COCSA meeting I heard one of the best yet:
“You can’t wring your hands and roll up your sleeves at the same time. Let’s roll up our sleeves.” – Kate Rufolo-Dreher, Incoming President, Congress of Chiropractic State Associations
In a moment when you are tempted to throw up your hands thinking you’ve done all you can, and need a little inspiration, perhaps this will be a start, or an addition to your keeper file.