On being a verb

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Good morning!

A verb is a word used to describe an action, state, or occurrence. A doing word then.
What brought today’s subject to mind was reading this quote from Stephen Fry.

Fry wrote, “Oscar Wilde said that if you know what you want to be, then you inevitably become it – that is your punishment, but if you never know, then you can be anything. There is a truth to that. We are not nouns, we are verbs. I am not a thing – an actor, a writer – I am a person who does things – I write, I act – and I never know what I am going to do next. I think you can be imprisoned if you think of yourself as a noun.”

When you set out to ‘become’ whatever you decide to do when you’re young you are generally doing it for the wrong reasons. There is a lot of outside influence on these decisions from a certain age. School, friends and family being the most influential.

From a younger age you can be anything. Artist, actor, rocket scientist, astronaut, racing car driver or a combination of all. But once we are on a path we chose from those teenage years we can be stuck. We’ve become a noun.

A nagging feeling we are not fulfilling our potential haunts us. This is not only from these early but from a deeper search for meaning.

That nagging feeling can lead us to ‘chuck in’ our career and go for our passions. A disaster waits for those who burn the lifeboats as it were with that decision.

Trying things out once we are established is more easily done these days. We can keep some measure of security whilst doing the things we believe we are passionate about.

We can be verbs.

We can be people who are doing.

Take advantage of this time of technology and freedom to try things. Something might stick and become a different path for you.

Being a noun is not what we are here for. We are here by a trillion to one chance and by remembering even the joy of thinking through, dreaming about, what we could be is being a verb.

Take a moment now to daydream about doing something other than what you’re doing today. A creative endeavour perhaps. Ponder it. Bring it to life in your mind. Maybe write it down.

Awesome! Now take that feeling into the day with you and remember to be a verb.

Have a great week.

Best regards,
Glenn Edley

Quote for the week

“We are our choices.”

― Jean-Paul Sartre


Today’s minimotivator on moments being bigger than years

Pearl Bailey

Today’s minimotivator.

Sometimes I would 
almost rather have
people take away 
years of my life than
take away a moment.

– Pearl Bailey

For what seems like just a moment waterfalls appear out of almost nowhere after rain in our area. So, I captured the moment because tomorrow it will be a trickle and then with no rain, gone.

Moments are what we appear to remember most. Moments of experience that etch themselves deeply into our brain’s circuits.

This goes for both good and bad moments. The bad moments I try to either delete or reframe them as a lesson or zoom out so I can see them in an objective light. They don’t seem so bad from that perspective.

But the good moments, I like when they pop into my head. I can replay them again and experience the same feeling I had when they took place.

Those are the moment’s Pearl is referring too and those are the moments that come from experiences, interactions, conversations.

Do more of that.

And be able to tap into those moments and the associated feelings when you need a boost.

Today’s minimotivator from Ralph Waldo Emerson on the best day

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today’s minimotivator.

Write it on your heart 
that every day is the best day in the year.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

When I wake up I generally acknowledge that today is a great day.


Because I woke up.

I’m breathing and my nearest and dearest are up and breathing too. So, I’m at a 10 and the day hasn’t even started yet.

Do that exercise. When you wake up to acknowledge that you’re awake. That’s great!

Take that feeling into the day with you. Because one day you ain’t waking up. So, any day above ground is a good one.

And, you have the power to make of that day what you want to.

Yes. You. Do.

Today’s minimotivator from Rita Mae Brown on action vs reaction

Action vs Reaction

Today’s minimotivator.

A life of reaction is a
life of slavery,
intellectually and
spiritually. One must
fight for a life of action,
not reaction.

Rita Mae Brown

Too often we are bouncing around like a pinball from one reaction to the next.

Ping! Ping! Ping! Ping!

This looks like we’re busy. This looks like we’re taking action.

We’re not.

We’re reacting to the things that come at us day after day. The only time this occurs to us is when something jolts us to our senses for a minute. And we see the reality of the game we’ve put ourselves in.

Ping! Ping! Ping! Ping!

Then before you know it, it’s game over!

Come to your senses more often. Rise above the game and start taking action.

“Nuff said.” (@chadwright278)

Today’s minimotivator from Jodie Foster on being not normal

Jodie Foster

Today’s minimotivator.

Normal is not 
something to 
aspire to, 
it’s something 
to get away from.

- Jodie Foster

“I wish you were normal.” Never a more self-belief endangering statement has been uttered.

“I wish you were normal.”

Normal doesn’t amount too much though. Normal is boring.

Normal fades into the background and leaves no ripples on a pond. Because instead of a rock thrown it’s a feather.

However, my normal is not normal. Nor is our normal their normal. Maybe normal is a time or a place or sometimes a feeling. A fleeting one. Whereby you might feel at peace. Perhaps even whole.

But, it’s always your normal, not theirs. You must aspire to get away from their normal and in doing so create big ripples that affect more people. Who will aspire to greater things and so on and so on…

Photo by Roger Bradshaw on Unsplash

Do you have a process for everything?

Welcome to this week’s MondayMotivator 🙂

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Good morning!

Processes, how many of them do you have?

A lot. Because, even if you don’t think you have them, you have them, right?

There will be a step by step way that you do something. You might change those steps every so often, but there is always a process. 

And you know what? Processes are there to be followed.  

For example, at Spike, email for us is life or death. No one else thinks about it like that, but it is. Its life or death.  

When we send an email, we think it’s life or death so we’re testing the heck out of it. We are making sure everything works. That’s just one of the differences between having us do it and people doing themselves.

But those processes and yours, when they’re not followed, wow, stuff can go wrong. 

For example, your day hasn’t started well. You just can’t seem to get anything done. Things are out of your control. That’s a horrible feeling.

The proven processes that we have, mean that our teeth get brushed, we get dressed, we get out of the house on time, our car works. For Spike, our emails do the job they’re supposed to do which is get in the inbox and prompt the right action.  

Sometimes though these processes may need to be changed. Our bodies are designed to make things easy for our brain so they automate processes to ease the energy load. 

However, those processes might not be working as well as they could for us. They need to regularly examined to test their effectiveness. 

In changing things up in how you start your day, say hi to someone, react to things you might discover a better way. A better process that improves your life.

Have a great week.

Best regards,
Glenn Edley


Quote for the week

“Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential.”

― Winston Churchill


Today’s minimotivator on doing things with energy!


Today’s minimotivator.

And whatsoever you do,
do it heartily.

– Colossians 3:23

Dynamic! Gusto! Heartily!

Using words with some power behind them give you an idea of the energy you should be putting into whatever doing.

There is a saying that goes if you’re going to do something you may as well do it right. That saying could also be, if you’re doing something anyway you may as well do it with all your energy.

Another way to look at things you do is that it might be the last time you do it. Morbid, maybe. Truth in reality.

Whatever you’re doing today, put your all into it.

Today’s minimotivator comes with lyrics from Heathens

Heathens - Twenty One Pilots

Today’s minimotivator.

Just because we check
the guns at the door,
doesn’t mean our
brains will change,
from hand grenades.

Twenty One Pilots

I love this line in Heathens. This line along with the saying, “Wherever you go, there you are”, is a reminder that the person who can change is you.

Part of the song refers to going down with the people you’re hanging out with. Question yourself about why you’re with the people you’re with. Because you’re either going up or down with them.

Choose up. It will have more of an impact on the people around you.

Today’s minimotivator on the small stuff perhaps being the big stuff

Enjoy the little things

Today’s minimotivator.

Enjoy the little things,
for one day you might
look back and discover
they were the big things.

Enjoying and being grateful for small things is something I am instilling in myself and my children. Not so they think small, but so they are aware of the little things that brought some joy to their day.

These sometimes get glossed over by our narrative selves as they round the day up into something resembling a happy ending.

Taking notice of small things is a practice I recommend. It’s easy to do. When something that ‘sparks joy’ happens acknowledge it and revisit it later.

Every dinnertime and sometimes out driving we ask three things that happened today and how they made you feel. Or, tell me something you’re grateful for today. The answers from the kids astound me with their innocence and quality.

Try it now.

Today’s minimotivator on being stronger where we break

Ernest Hemingway

Today’s minimotivator.

The world breaks
everyone and afterward
many are strong in the
broken places.

– Ernest Hemingway

The Japanese have taken this idea to its limit with Kintsugi. The art of putting broken pottery pieces back together with gold. The idea is to embrace the flaws and imperfections and create a stronger, more beautiful piece of art.

That is how we should look at our breaks, our flaws and our imperfections. As we put ourselves back together we can imagine we are doing it gold. Self-knowledge is that gold.

Once back together, and you can get back together, you will have created a stronger more beautiful you.

How fucking cool is that picture in your head right now?