Your Motivation for Today: Life Keeps Moving

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Hi everyone. Time for a little pep talk and motivation.

Do you ever feel like life has been and always will be one huge uphill climb? If so, me too.

Some days it feels like I climb and climb but never reach where I want to go. I even some days feel I’m wasting my time even trying.


I told my therapist Paula one days I felt like a hamster on a wheel, running and running to catch up to life but never getting it done. I told her that I run and run but life is always three steps ahead of me and I get exhausted.

She looked at me in her wise manner then told me to take some deep breathes and sit quietly for a few minutes.

For the first time since we had been working together, she led me through about ten minutes of relaxation exercises. After I had visibly stopped being as anxious as I was upon entering her office, she reminded me that no one was forcing me to run in the hamster wheel but me.

She went on to explain that, yes life keeps moving but there is no need for me to try and keep up. I needed, she said, to find my own pace and stay within it as much as possible.

The reason she gave me made me stop and think.

The reason?

Hamsters live very short lives because their metabolisms are so high. Essentially, they are running away their lives in their little squeaky wheels.

Her wisdom caused me to rethink the way I had always seen my life. I had to make a few hard choices.


First, I needed to determine my pace and what I wished to do with my time.

Second, I needed to pay attention to what I DO HAVE today and not worry so much about what I DON’T have today.

Third, climb off the wheel.

Finally, keep an eye out for myself climbing unwittingly back into the hamster wheel and get off as quickly as I can.

Join me! Get off the spinning wheel and stop trying to climb your way to life. Instead, make a life for yourself on your terms using your talents. No matter what anyone else says or thinks, it is YOUR life and you are the only one who has to live it and can change it.

“If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never be fulfilled. If your happiness depends on money, you will never be happy with yourself. Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the world belongs to you.” ~ Lao Tzu



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