The 54th Deadline: Encouragement


“Keep yourself feeling positive by using words meant to lift your spirits up.”

Words matter. The stuff you hear, read or say can impact you in all kinds of ways.

For me over the years, I have had my share of negativity. Some of it was from others, but a lot of it stemmed from me being my own worst enemy.

I have made myself feel lousy, unappreciated, undervalued, sad, angry and pretty much every negative thing you could think of within reason. When you find yourself bombarded with words meant to hurt, it will. It shouldn’t come as a surprise.

After a while, you start to believe what you are coming across, and it is all downhill from there. Conversely, words of encouragement would thus be the superior alternative.

Trade those insults for self-esteem boosters. Tune out those words hacking away at your confidence and instead lift yourself up with thoughtful tidbits of advice to stay cool as a cucumber.

I don’t want to be the guy who has to tell you that those cheesy and overused platitudes of never giving up and whatnot do in fact mean something. It may be formalities at times, but it’s better you hear that than something toxic to ruin your mood.

Take it from someone who has nearly drowned in that depression pool various times throughout this personal journey. Those random words can sting a bit too much, weighing just enough that you can feel it sinking you as you’re just trying to keep your head above water.

Believe me. And this is me being very real about this. If I didn’t have those particular people along the way to remind me to keep going, to reason with me that I still had it within me to persevere… Well, I don’t know what would have happened. I am thankful, as in truly thankful, I have made it this far because of those particular people who both come and go in my life.

There will in fact be plenty of work ahead to make the ultimate comeback, but I am at least blessed to have the privilege to take another crack at it.

This is why I decided to do something very random for my own sake today. It is nothing revolutionary by all means. It’s actually very simple.

Note cards. Regular note cards.

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Basically, I am going to write positive notes every day for a long while. It’s going to be 100 different ones to be exact. Just one note a day.

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I don’t plan on writing anything that elaborate on each card. It will just be generic stuff, but it will be geared toward positive messages. Better than the negative and mean things to say, right?

I am going to store them away for another day. My goal with this exercise is to remind myself to think positive. No matter how crappy my day can be, no matter how gloomy or angered I get about circumstances, I just have to remember to think of happy thoughts.


I have just grown weary of letting bad habits dictate my life. A large part as to why this blog was so vital for my intense, depression-riddled days were linked to my poor behavior. I enabled the negativity to build up instead of counteracting it with good and ideal actions.

To think in a happier manner is to live in a happier manner. Depression made me forget how to be happy.

Who knows? Perhaps someday these messages written on these cards could end up in some fortune cookies or something. And maybe the messages will remind someone like me to keep their chin up and finish what they start.

It’s a platitude, but it’s a good one. Never give up.

“Complete the process.” – Nhan Fiction


5 thoughts on “The 54th Deadline: Encouragement

  1. Wendy Love March 18, 2016 / 12:13 pm

    Thanks for the great idea! I thought I had tried everything, but not this. I am going to do this too.

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