The other day, as I was convincing myself to go for a run, I thought of a phrase that I often go to when I need a nudge: “I’ve never regretted working out.” It’s something that I saw online once that really resonated with me. Normally, just thinking of that will motivate me enough to go outside, but this time I was having a bit of a rough day, and needed some extra encouragement. That’s when this popped into my head:
“Can you do it today?”
This was a question that I came across in food blogger Andie Mitchell’s memoir It Was Me All Along. Mitchell herself discovered this question in O, The Oprah Magazine, at a time in her life when she was having difficulty changing her ingrained eating and exercising habits. She started asking herself:
“Can you exercise today, Andie? Not tomorrow, not the next day, not even a month from now. Today? Eat the best you can, work your plus-sized heart out…today?” (p 119)
And found out that she could. So, with this in mind, she was able to take things one day at a time, and eventually get on track. Since reading Mitchell’s story, this phrase has stayed with me and has been pulled out whenever I need motivation. It reminds me that the answer is always “yes,” and the only reason why I don’t do certain things is because I choose not to, instead of being incapable. This has been so crucial.
Besides wanting to share this small anecdote with you, my thought processes led me to wonder: have there been phrases from your reading that has stayed with you long after you’ve finished the book? It doesn’t have to be non-fiction, necessarily. For a fiction example, I often think of the phrase “an impossible red flower” that Aislinn Hunter used in The World Before Us to describe blood spreading on a shirt. It’s so beautifully visual that I can’t quite shake it from my mind.
Now, on to you! Are there any phrases from your reading that you find yourself thinking about over and over again?