Religion of Motivation

inspirational quotesNot proud to confess that I read People magazine on airplanes during every takeoff.  I am forced to read a magazine because the FAA doesn’t allow me to read my Kindle during the only stressful time of the flight. You know the drill from the flight attendants; if it has an on/off switch, turn it off.

Please don’t remind me that I could be reading the Economist or Atlantic Monthly.  I simply don’t find those mindless enough for takeoffs or landings.

I love reading People Magazines Mail Bag, or commonly called “letters to the editor.”

This post is dedicated to Michelle Altenhoof Carlsblod, CA.

Michelle wrote a letter to People in response to her favorite issue, the yearly Half Size issue. She credits the Half Size issue of People with helping her   “maintain her size 2 figure year after year.”

I call this the religion of motivation.   Deciding to attribute personal success to a higher power, albeit not a god or deity.   She is extremely generous with her praise.

I mean if she lost 25lbs, then SHE lost 25 lbs.  She didn’t lose 25 lbs reading People Magazines Half Size issue.   She said no to the margaritas and chips.  Her self-control and determination resulted in her significant weight loss.

What makes people so willing to give credit where it is not due?

Maybe it is the plethora of motivational/instructional quotes on Facebook?

Could it be true that no one is genuinely happy unless they check in with Facebook and read endless quotes on why they should be happy?

Is everyone stingy until they read the motivational quotes about helping the less fortunate?

Do we no longer have an atavistic joyous reaction to babies smiles? Do we only appreciate it after someone tells us that a baby’s smile is heavenly?

A few favorites this week if you are considering joining the Religion of Motivation.

-One small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.

-Obstacles can’t stop you. Problems can’t stop you and Most of all other people can’t stop you. The only one who stops you is yourself.

-That which doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger.

-Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.

-You have to get up every morning and tell yourself “I can do this” Think positive and
good things will come your way.

Barrechat promised no motivational quotes in our charter. We find them annoying, simplistic, and misleading.

To that we are adding that motivational quotes can’t take the place of religion or reality or hard work.

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