Category Archives: Motivational words


What are you too busy doing?

We all have things we’re not looking forward to and despite knowing we’ll feel better once completed we still put them off. It seems crazy, yet, to me, what seems even madder is putting off the things we really want to. There are more of us guilty of this than we would chose to admit. It seems we are just too busy.

This poem, by Edgar Albert Guest summarises only too well that “Tomorrow” feeling…

He was going to be all that a mortal should be
No one should be kinder or braver than he
A friend who was troubled and weary he knew,
Who’d be glad of a lift and who needed it too;
On him he would call and see what he could do

Each morning he stacked up the letters he’d write
And thought of the folks he would fill with delight
It was too bad, indeed, he was busy today,
And hadn’t a minute to stop on his way;
More time he would have to give to others, he’d say

The greatest of workers this man would have been
The world would have known him, had he ever seen
But the fact is he died and faded from view,
And all that he had left here when living was through
Was a mountain of things he intended to do

None of us are here forever. Don’t forget your loved one’s and live your dreams.
What if tomorrow never comes?

The Call – Oriah Mountain Dreamer

If you are familiar with writing by Oriah Mountain Dreamer I suspect you will have read The Invitation which for me was the first book I read by her. For some of you I expect this may be a little on the hippy side, some of it is for me. Regardless of this I think it reminds us to listen to our instinct, get real and stop just meandering. “Wake up my love”.

If you do want to read more then check out her web site. For those more practically minded check out the post that will follow for the “scrapbook challenge”.

The Call.

I have heard it all my life,
A voice calling a name I recognized as my own.

Sometimes it comes as a soft-bellied whisper. Sometimes it holds an edge of urgency.
But always it says: Wake up my love. You are walking asleep. There’s no safety in that!

Remember what you are and let this knowing take you home to the Beloved with every breath.
Hold tenderly who you are and let a deeper knowing colour the shape of your humanness.

There is no where to go. What you are looking for is right here.
Open the fist clenched in wanting and see what you already hold in your hand.

There is no waiting for something to happen, no point in the future to get to.
All you have ever longed for is here in this moment, right now.

You are wearing yourself out with all this searching. Come home and rest.
How much longer can you live like this?

Your hungry spirit is gaunt, your heart stumbles. All this trying. Give it up!
Let yourself be one of the God-mad, faithful only to the Beauty you are.
Let the Lover pull you to your feet and hold you close, dancing even when fear urges you to sit this one out.

Remember- there is one word you are here to say with your whole being. When it finds you, give your life to it. Don’t be tight-lipped and stingy.

Spend yourself completely on the saying.
Be one word in this great love poem we are writing together

© Oriah Mountain Dreamer, from the book The Call, HarperONE, San Francisco 2003

Neil Gaiman – In this new year

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing the world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.

So that’s my wish for you, and for all of us, and my wish for myself. Make new mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes, make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”