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Just because you haven’t done it yet doesn’t mean you won’t


You haven’t done it yet. Nope. You have not.

Yesterday you didn’t do it. You didn’t walk. You didn’t floss your teeth. You didn’t learn how to play the flute. You didn’t write your mother a letter. You didn’t run a marathon. You didn’t learn how to use Adobe InDesign. You didn’t learn how to spell beautaful.

But today is a new day.

Go for  a walk. Floss your teeth. Learn how to play the flute. Write your mother a letter. Run a marathon. Learn how to use Adobe InDesign. Spell beautiful.

Today is a new day. Don’t be discouraged.

Instead of playing the negative tape in your head. You know the one I mean. The voice that sounds like this in your head.

You are such a failure. You said you wanted to floss your teeth every night before you go to bed. But you forgot again last night. You will never do it. You are such a failure. Why did you even bother to buy dental floss? You are such a loser. You will never do it. And your breath smells bad. 

Stop the tape. Stop thinking negative thoughts.

“Our life is what our thoughts make it.”
― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Put in a new tape. Play this tape in your head. A positive tape. Make a positive life.

Hey, that’s okay. You forgot to floss your teeth last night. It’s okay. You just forgot. You said you wanted to floss your teeth every night before you go to bed. You will floss. Try again today. You will do this. Believe. You will floss your teeth every night. And. Your breath smells like peppermint. 

Just because you haven’t done it yet
doesn’t mean you won’t.

What haven’t you done yet that you want to do?  I am going to write my mother a letter and get it in today’s mail. Study InDesign for one hour. Floss my teeth and walk around the block.

What about you? I love to hear from you. Click here if you would like to chat.

About Pamela Hodges

I write slice of life stories to help you know you are loved, valuable and worthy just as you are. I am a writer, an artist, and a cleaner of seven litter boxes. I live in Pennsylvania with one husband, four cats, one dog and two birds.

You are an artist. Yes, you are. Really.

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  • Do you know – I know someone who’s name is Marcus Aurelius. He is the manager of my favorite restaurant in Palma, ‘Tasca’. He lives up to his name sake. A clever man, the original Marcus Aurelius was. Have you read his story?

    • Hello Patricia,
      I wonder if your Marcus Aurelius is related to the one I like to quote all of the time. I haven’t read his story, but I would like to. I just know he was a ruler and when he lived.
      He wrote so many words and he didn’t even have a Mac, or Microsoft Word. How did he do it?

  • Hi Pamela,
    Good points. Miss talking to you.

  • Christa Sterken

    Very encouraging today Pamela. I am going to take a nap in a sunny spot and just rest with freedom

    • Thank you Christa,
      Did you find a sunny spot? I have several here my cats would love to share with you.

  • Kathy Storrie

    I liked your positive blog. It mad me feel not so bad. Usually at the end of the day when I hardly got anything done(every other day) I play Spider Solitare until I win and then I feel much better and go to bed… goodnite…sweeter dreams.

    • Hello Kathy,
      Thank you. I am happy my story helped you feel better. Nothing like a friend to encourage you. Now, we just have to remember to be kind to the reflection we see in the mirror. It is easier to show grace to a friend than it is to myself.
      I hope you have sweet dreams and wake up with a smile.

  • La McCoy

    Lovely post Pamela, Today I am so tired and achey. I am taking it easy on myself and putting the negative voices away. If I don’t do it today. I will do it if it needs down. Just maybe not today. Love to you all.

    • Thank you La,
      I hope you feel less tired and achey. And, what a nice thought to be nice to yourself. You matter, and kindness to yourself is a good idea.
      Tomorrow is a good day.
      Love to you and your family.

  • Kaye

    Once again, Pamela, I love your fresh perspective. And such wisdom. I appreciate this perspective and it comes at a good time for me. There are so many things that I say I want to do and then don’t get them done. Thanks for the reminder to just do it anyway.

    • Hello Kaye,
      Thank you. I am glad this story came at a good time for you. Sometimes we can be so hard on ourselves. Our inner dialog could be so much nicer. And, tonight I will floss my teeth.
      Tomorrow is a new day. I would love to know what you are working on.

  • kathunsworth

    Hey Pam I plan to do many things in my day and then life and domestics try to divert me. But you know what? I find if I just sneak to my work station and start writing or drawing, Magic happens and I am a happier Mummy too. I hope you too get to spread those creative wings and do what you were meant to be doing.

    • Hello Kath,
      So nice to hear from you. Life and domestics get in my way too. My new plan is to plan time to sit at my desk more often and make time to draw and write.
      I am so much happier when I draw. My creative wings feel so dusty. It is time to fly again.

  • Brad V

    Was captivated by the beautaful example. Will chuckle about that all day, I am sure. Thanks, Pamela!

    • Hello Brad,
      I am so happy you enjoyed the beautiaful example. I may never look at the word beautiful the same way ever again.
      Hope you have a happy day, flossing your teeth.

  • Berdeane Bodley

    My pedometer says I have walked 11,204 steps so far today, they say (whoever “they” are) one should walk 10,000steps per day for our health, everything over that is just a bonus. Yesterday my steps were over 15,000 by the time I called it a day.

    • Good Morning Mommy,
      You are my walking inspiration. I must get a pedometer so I can try and walk as many steps as you. I should try and listen to “them” and get my steps in.