Pep talk for the finishers

To cap off all these posts I’ve been making about how I’m really gonna trust God this time and really not worry, my pastor began a three-week series on spiritual rest on Sunday, preaching the first one on good ol’ Psalm 23.

Talk about holy timing.

In the spirit of trust and not worrying and keeping positive, I think it’s high time for another pep talk. This one goes out to all the finishers.


Hey, no, over here. Look up from your work. I know. It’s hard to give anything else your attention when you’re swimming in to-dos and should-dos, but this is important.

This, too, shall pass.

In a matter of time, the dark clouds that have been pouring down hecticness and chaos of the mind will clear. For now, it’s like those arcade games where you finish one level and breathe a sigh of relief only to be in the next level, where the stakes are higher, the speed is less manageable, and your heart rate skyrockets because you can’t lose.

We’re going to make it through this. You know that, right? Every minute you spend doing the work that has to get done, you’re that much closer to the finish line. Kimmy Schmidt says you can do anything for ten seconds, then you just start counting again.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

And 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8…

You’re stronger than you think, and what you’re doing matters. It’s going to help you learn something or give you a skill you’ll need in two years or get you the grade you wanted (or maybe a step below, but hey, grades aren’t everything, and you’re doing your best).

Feel like you can’t do it? That’s normal. Then what can you do? Can you smile at someone? It’ll make you feel better. And maybe a little more capable. You may have just started a smile revolution, because then that person might just smile at someone else, and then someone else, and before you know it, you’ve changed the world.

Way to go, you.

Even if you’re not a girl, doesn’t this help?

Or this?

We’re on our way to being finishers, and won’t that be great! Maybe we’ll hang up crepe paper and run through it to commemorate the day.

You, my friend, are a powerhouse of intellect and motivation. Go forth and do work.

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