It’s Sleep is for the Weak‘s first birthday today!  Hard to believe that someone I think of as such an accomplished blogger has only been ‘at it’ for that long.  Josie’s writing workshop is a little piece of wonderful in the blogging world -every week she conjures up a new series of prompts and brings together bloggers from all over the shop.  It’s a fantastic way of finding shiny new blogs to read, and it’s a useful exercise in writing to a brief.

I’ve lapsed recently but didn’t want to miss out on today’s celebrations so I’ve chosen Prompt 5:

What do you need to do more of? What do you need to do less of?

I’ve written a post to myself, to my inner voice- or the multiple inner voices….


She needs to stop and stop now.

Always pointing out the negative, always being the first to criticise, the last to congratulate.

She makes it really hard to listen, where’s the objectivity, the balance?

Maybe she’s too involved, too close, too insecure?


It’s time to ‘do’ more, to worry less,

It’s ok to achieve, to work, to make other things work.

People won’t always like you, or what you do – but those that really count will.

People might talk, or nudge, or think you’re up yourself – let them.

They don’t know the full story, the whys and wherefores, and they don’t need to.

One Life, One Chance, One You

Let’s go……


Stop Talking!

14 thoughts on “Stop Talking!

  • May 13, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Brill! I think I can see some of the things you’ve been battling with in this post that show great insight to your world at the moment!

  • May 13, 2010 at 10:11 am

    One Life, One Chance, One You – what a line, certainly something to think about – or perhaps that should be ‘do’ something about

  • May 13, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Great poem Paula. I hate that inner voice constantly being negative about myself and everything around me. So want to turn it off! I love when you say “They don’t know the full story, the whys and wherefores,” because that is so true. I am always saying that to my kids, “you don’t know the person’s story” when they are upset about something someone has done. But it is hard to remember always, to have that level of empathy. And also to recognise how people might be judging me.

  • May 13, 2010 at 11:32 am

    I wish I could silence my inner voice, but it is SHOUTING not nice things at me

  • May 13, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Why are people so critical of themselves? What good does it do? I could feel the positivity pouring out of that second verse. Grasp it and don’t let it go.

  • May 13, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    The first verse really resonated with me, the second verse convinced me to ignore the first. I LOVE it, go for it girl 🙂 Jen.

  • May 13, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Fantastic post! And you are so right, people won’t always like us but those who count will. I need to write that down and stick it to a Post-It on my forehead!

    Thanks for the thoughts and the lovely writing…

  • May 13, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    I LOVE this! Brilliant Paula, those final two lines are a motto to live by.

    MD xx

    PS Have you been poking around in my brain again? Though I would never be as articulate and to the point as you. I’d just ramble for 2000 words and leave the reader with a vague idea……Note to Self – learn to be more direct!

  • May 13, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Aww bless you chick. Though sniggering slightly at the only being ‘at it’ for a year 😉

    Sounds like you’re in a similar place to me right now, trying to tune out those things that aren’t helping us, focus our energies. Love your words, so apt for me x

  • May 13, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Brilliant…I especially love the last line.

  • May 13, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Brill poem, love.

    You are always there for others – remember that – you do need some time for yourself too. Get up and go and do it!! 😀

  • May 14, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    I love this. I so wish my inner voice would just shut up sometimes or at least say something a bit more interesting than the negative insecure drivel that tends to be the norm. Great post. Should be printed off and taken out in emergencies.

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