You can do it! You can do some of it? You can do enough of it?: On moderation and motivation

A Facebook friend put out a call the other day for encouragement. Send me all your motivational memes, she said.

Here’s a sampling of our offerings.

youcandoit4 youcandot3 youcandoit1

potato youcandoit hh2 hh


They’re cute and all. In the right mood, they might even motivate me. But some days, bad days, they can just make me feel worse. It’s too much to ask. So here’s a motivational poster with more moderate aims. It’s more inclusive, especially for those of us with bad days. Positive affirmations for the rest of us.


I also really liked this,  26 One-Sentence Pep Talks To Give Yourself When You’re Stressed, Unhappy, Or Simply Lost.

Laying in bed and hiding from the world feels fantastic, but only for a very short while.

And eventually, staying under the covers and avoiding the real world moves from a pleasant avoidance to an extremely painful and uncomfortable restlessness that can only be soothed with action.



About Sam B

Philosopher, feminist, parent, and cyclist!

7 thoughts on “You can do it! You can do some of it? You can do enough of it?: On moderation and motivation

  1. Stephanie says:

    That 9 to 5 meme! What a crack up.


  2. marycycle says:

    “Do, don’t stew” sums up your last paragraph nicely. It was an encouraging phrase from a friend’s mother about 10 years ago.
    Today, I loved the cute animal pictures, and the insecure affirmations made me smile.

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  3. Tracy I says:

    I love those “insecure” affirmations and think of them more as moderate and realistic than insecure. Thanks for this.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sam B says:

      Right. Note I didn’t call them “insecure.” Their author did. I’m with you, at least some days. Other days I’m all DO ALL THE THINGS, LOVE YOURSELF, and GO GO GO!


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