September 27, 2011 Issue #066

Getting motivated can be a
tough task for singles

One of the advantages of being married--or so I'm told--is that you have a spouse to encourage you. We singles have to provide our own motivation, and at times that's really hard.

Many of us are struggling with low grade depression much of the time. Others are disabled or unemployed. We're all fighting our own tough fight.

As you may have gathered from, I'm not much for goofy platitudes. I believe in practical, real world principles that work.

So how can we fire ourselves up so we want to jump out of bed in the morning and tackle our day? How can we overcome the inertia that comes with life's everyday disappointments?

Here are some common sense tips for getting motivated.

Not alone

My lids squeaked open
like a rusty screen door.
I slammed them shut,
wasn't ready for more.

So I slithered out of bed
like a python snake,
trying to sneak through the day
without being awake.

My face was the color
of stale green tea.
Was that someone
standing in back of me?

Peered in the mirror,
nobody there.
But just for a second
it gave me a scare.

Made it to work,
picked up my phone.
An unknown voice said,
"You're not doing this alone."

During the day
as I muddled about
I had the feeling that someone
was helping me out.

Made my way home
and I felt okay.
Got something accomplished
and I earned my pay.

Falling asleep
I thought the day had flown.
And a voice seemed to whisper,
"You're not doing this alone."

~ Jack Zavada, 2011 ~

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September Quotododo

September's quotation comes from Chuck Swindoll, pastor of Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas, and host of the radio program Insight for Living:

Attitude is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than what people do or say. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill.
Charles Swindoll (1934 - )

For us single folks, our attitude can enslave us or liberate us. Life throws a fanload at us every day, and we can wade our way through it, or whine our way, making ourselves and everybody around us miserable.

The sooner you learn this crucial truth of life, the more years of happiness you'll have. Being bitter makes things worse instead of better.

Resolve now, this minute, to be a survivor, a person who, with the help of God, overcomes adversity and looks toward the hope of tomorrow.

More quotations on attitude!

Hey you! Yeah, you! More motivation tips!

Putting your Happy Train back on the track is a constant challenge. Here are some tips on how to get your engine chuggin' on its way to Chuckletown:

How to wake up happy!

The secret to achieving your goals!

How to overcome your fear of the future.

Is it time for you to move on?

Comforting Bible verses

Why do I love the Bible so much? Because it's God's love letter to singles like us. When I worked at, I did an article I think you'll like: Comforting Bible Verses.

Your comments about the site and this newsletter provide the fuel for my Happy Train. You can zing those emails to me instantly using our rideup-free contact form.

Inspire-O-Gram is a little later than usual this month, but I hope you found something to charge your Motivation Meter.

Until October, fellow singletons, may God bless you richly,

Jack Zavada
401 Indiana Ave
Streator, IL 61364 USA