The quiet voice

An afternoon in Mykonos, Greece, May 2008

An afternoon in Mykonos, Greece, May 2008

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day, saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.'”  — Mary Ann Radmacher

Enthusiasm and motivation are wonderful, but can backfire on us if we rush in with good intentions and expect too much of ourselves when tackling a new project or difficult resolution.  Forward motion is not always possible, and even when it does take place, it often is not apparent.  At such times, it is vitally important that we remain patient with our own efforts.  I hope today will be a wonderfully productive day for you, the sort of day when you knock out several bothersome things on your “to-do” list, or reach significant milestones en route to a larger goal.  But if the day doesn’t go that way, I hope you will take a deep breath, honor your own efforts, and realize that Scarlett O’Hara was right about one thing: tomorrow is another day.

This post was first published seven years ago today. The original post and photo are linked, along with two other related posts, below.


  1. Good morning, Julia! Or afternoon, or evening …. Whatever it may be, now, tomorrow will start again with morning, and I wish for you a beautiful day!

    • Thanks! It’s afternoon right now. “All is (self-quarantined) calm, all is bright.” I went to the James City County library a while ago, and not only was it closed, but even the book drops were locked up with instructions to hold onto whatever materials you have, that all fines would be waived. That seemed a bit much. But whatever.

      • Yikes! I would for sure lose something from the library in that scenario!

        • I have corralled all my public library items in one location. I did that before the virus closed all the libraries. It’s the only way I can keep up with them. I do have a few sitting near my bed, but most I keep in a designated place. Otherwise they scatter and hide from me.

          • Yes, I’ve had to pay for a lost item in the past, and now I’m much more cognizant of just where I put any library-owned material.

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