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A Haiku - Motivation

Updated on February 22, 2015

A Haiku - Motivation

Self motivation

is the best motivator;

inner strength shown through.

Can we think before we leap? Do we?

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What stirs you to action?

Is it a deadline? Is it joy in what you are about to do?

Can you be incited, go along with a mob?

Does something impel you to take a specific action?

For just a moment, take a look at motives.

What gets you up each morning?

What causes you to choose a time to rest each night?

An alarm clock? A sense of duty? Fatigue?

Our bodies have limits, but within those limits are choices.

We can turn off the alarm and go back to sleep.

We can use stimulants to lengthen our wakefulness.

What is it that drives our choices?

Money? That sense of duty? Sometimes fear?

Making the wise choices, the best choices at the time, can make a world of difference in each day, but where does impulsiveness fit in?

An impulsive purchase in the store must have been based on something, an ad on TV, the design of the package, a response to some past pleasure?

If we understand what motivates us to do certain things, we continually gain a better understanding of ourselves.

Isn't that understanding worth something in the grand scheme of things?

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© 2014 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Fantastic food for thought thank you

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      Tijani Achamlal 2 years ago from Morocco

      Hats off to you.Voted up !

      Ps.You are a great poet.Have you published any books?

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Ericdierker - Thanks again. I put some extra thought into this one to make the haiku cover the broad subject, as haiku are meant to do....at least the "human nature" haiku I choose to call "American Haiku" in contrast to the "Mother Nature" Japanese haiku. The reward for doing so is a comment like yours.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      James-wolve - Thanks for your vote! I am in the process of getting a literary agent so I can continue to concentrate on writing. That should see an agreement this year and then the "already" and the "almost" manuscripts can get professionally edited and submitted for promotion. I'll keep you posted in the future. I have published a previous book that was stolen and not acted on soon enough afterwards by an intellectual property law firm "friend." That is being reworked because the original is still publishable with slight changes, even though I can prove first authorship. "Once burned, twice cautious."

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      Tijani Achamlal 2 years ago from Morocco

      Why I asked you because you write in a way too professional.Good luck !

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Motivation, without it we do nothing. Thought provoking haiku..

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      always exploring - Well said by someone who IS always exploring.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      What motivates me recently is reading the comments I receive on various sites in regards to my writing and poetry. That make me realize that I'm achieving what I want and it make me glad to know that people like what I offer them.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Gypsy Rose Lee - Same here.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I am a self starter, so that's what drives me. A great topic to get one thinking about our ways of life. Thanks!

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      aviannovice - Could it be that only two folks from Maine could love a cabin in the woods, and picture being content there?

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Methinks that many Mainers would enjoy just that...

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      aviannovice - Some even do as we write about it.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Yes, some interesting food for thought here. When we allow duty to drive our actions rather than act on impulses out of selfishness, we and others benefit on every level.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      RTalloni - Well said. A favorite quote from my wife's grandfather is "Roll your tongue 10 times before you speak." Careful thought must be mother to every action, for we can never be sure what results from our actions, nor can we take back the words that we utter, especially those uttered in haste. Balance is a tricky thing best mastered young.

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