Scrabbled Message

by Sherry Riter in Motivation,Self-Development  

scrabbled message word never

When I was in school, the teacher would make the class write sentences as a punishment. Maybe you remember writing one hundred times:

I will not talk in class when the teacher leaves the room.

I will not talk in class when the teacher leaves the room.

I will not talk in class when the teacher leaves the room.

I will not talk in class when the teacher leaves the room.

I was one of those children that enjoyed writing sentences. Not only was writing enjoyable, but my competitive streak loved trying to be the first to finish writing all the sentences. Go ahead and groan. I know that is totally geeky. However…

When I try to convince myself of something, I repeat the message or thought over and over again in my head. It is almost like writing sentences. During my self-talking moments, the pervasive message seems to always go back to the same three words.

Never give up.

Never give up.

Never give up.

Never give up.

My mother is probably the one to blame for this mantra occupying my mind. You see, she brainwashed me as I was growing up by always telling me that no matter how bad the situation seems at that moment, I should…

Never give up.

Did I believe her? No way, but then she didn’t just tell me, she lived it. That made it rather hard to argue with Mom since she practiced what she preached. So when I didn’t win the spelling bee in elementary school, Mom said…

“Never give up.”

When I sewed the sleeve onto the blouse inside out and had to pick out all the stitches, Mom said…

“Never give up.”

When I didn’t get the job I wanted when I was young and innocent, Mom said…

“Never give up.”

That’s the way it has been all my life. During every crisis or disappointment or hard time, Mom reminded me to…

“Never give up.”

So today when everything seemed to go wrong, I first thought, “Why me?” and then I heard my mother echo in my head…

“Never give up.”

As if that wasn’t enough, I called Mom at the end of the day, told her my woes and she said…

“This is life! You just keep trying and never give up.”

Maybe that is the message I was supposed to lean on today. Life isn’t going to go smoothly all the time. People aren’t going to be nice all the time. Bad things happen to everyone. The key is to learn to handle the situation with courage and grace.

My Dad died courageously.

My mother lives courageously.

I think of those two facts often. Since I am their daughter, I have their courageous genes in me somewhere! So during my self-talk today, I kept believing that I would be fine by the end of the day or week or year or lifetime. I just have to keep remembering and putting into practice the scrabbled message that has run throughout my life…

scrabbled message never give up
 

“Magic is believing in yourself,
if you can do that,
you can make anything happen.”
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe~

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Sherry Riter, also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

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1 Joan July 24, 2012 at 1:44 am

Your mother gave you good advice, never give up! :)

2 Susanne July 24, 2012 at 6:48 am

…and now Alyssa will be the third generation of strong, supportive, stupendous women in your family who are survivors. She’s been swimming in that pool her entire life. Alyssa’s stroke is already steady.

I believe, had we been friends growing up, I would have been the one to say, I wish I had your Mom as my own. Even as adults and “virtual” friends, I find myself saying that. I bet she gives really good hugs too…just like you do.

Never give up.
Never give up.
Never give up…

3 The Redhead Riter July 24, 2012 at 8:15 am

:) Yep!

4 The Redhead Riter July 24, 2012 at 8:18 am

We are a hugging family. Mom loves us and we all know it. That foundation really has helped me to feel that I can accomplish anything if I put my mind to it.

BTW We can adopt you, Susanne! ;)

5 Susanne July 24, 2012 at 11:28 am

Really?! Adopt me? Don’t tease me…lol. My answer is a big, fat YES! My own family will get over it. There are plenty of members left that can be judged and criticized…lol. Oh boy, oh goodie!! :)

6 The Redhead Riter July 24, 2012 at 12:24 pm

LOL ;)

7 Skip_D July 24, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Very good advice indeed! You’re outstanding proof that it’s true!!!

…& btw – {{{huggsssssssss}}} :D

8 The Redhead Riter July 26, 2012 at 8:47 am

Thanks, Skip! {{{{hugsss back}}}}

9 mom July 26, 2012 at 4:38 pm

You are so wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love you and I know you will always succeed. You have you!

10 The Redhead Riter July 29, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Thanks, Mom.

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