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I don't remember how old Drew was here, but I think he was around ten months old.

I don’t remember quite when this was taken, but I think Drew was around ten months old.

I wanted to do something a little different with the quote today, just to change things up a bit.  Let me know what you think. I see lots of quotes online that are “posterized” with photo or art, and I always enjoy them, but I have ZERO experience creating them.  However, if you don’t mind being a test audience, I can try to improve my skills.

I don’t really recommend going after our troubles with any sort of bat, but I love the indomitable attitude Dr. Seuss calls up in this quote.  While there are times when passive resignation is the best course, I think we sometimes default to that simply because it’s the path of least resistance.

If you are troubled by negative thoughts and messages today, I hope you will talk back to them.  Think of yourself as wielding a big psychological bat made of courage, determination and hope.  Whether your despair takes the form of snarling mental dragons or tiny gnats of worries that nip away at your faith, go after them!  Chances are they’ll turn and run from you.

Much of what we fear lies in some imaginary future that may or may not be as bad as we dread.  Since it’s all outside of reality at this point, we might as well make ourselves — at least in our own minds — bigger and stronger than what is after us.  I dare you to give it a try!

One year ago today, a tribute to our beloved and fearless dog Pasha, who died 6-30-13:

The size of the fight

This post was first published seven years ago today. The original post, comments and photo are linked, along with two other related posts, below. These links to related posts, and their thumbnail photos, do not appear in the blog feed; they are only visible when viewing the individual posts by clicking on each one. I have no idea why, nor do I know how they choose the related posts. That’s just the way WordPress does things.


  1. Good morning, Julia!
    Your “poster” experiment turned out well!
    I like this quote, too. Instead of running or trying to hide from our troubles, engaging them head-on is bound to change the outcome somehow, but even if it doesn’t change the outcome, I think it changes us.
    Maybe it’s like getting exercise or lifting weights, and at the end we’re stronger (or wiser! Or both!) than if we’d not fully taken on those challenges.
    At least, that’s what I hope.

    • Susan, that’s what I hope, too. Although, to quote my friend Ashleigh, “I’m afraid I’m getting older much faster than I’m getting wiser.” 😀

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