Your Monday morning pep talk


Jack Black’s “Gulliver” movie was pretty forgettable, but there was one scene I can’t forget.

Gulliver is about to change his life. He’s been in the mailroom too long, fooling around and fooling himself too long, afraid to do anything but the same old thing. Life has just thrown one of those “what are you going to do with this?” moments at him. Wrongs need righted and bad guys vanquished.

And there’s no one else to do it.

You can hate it, or you can accept it as a gift.

“Gulliver, you work in the mailroom,” his wish-she-was my-girlfriend Darcy says, doubting.

“Not today I don’t,” he says.

And today he doesn’t.

What if, just for today, you did the same thing?

Not today I don’t . . . 

  • act like it doesn’t matter
  • get by with as little as possible
  • grumble and gripe and feel sorry for myself
  • go thru the motions, phone it in, line up at the time clock
  • tell myself I’m a loser and daydream that I’m not
  • believe that little voice that says it’s hopeless
  • let my feelings tell me what to do
  • act like no one’s watching
  • live as if there’s no God
  • (add your own)
  • (add another)
  • (and another)

Just for today — Not today I don’t. 

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Gary Morland helps you feel better about your most challenging family relationships, and helps you actually improve those relationships - all by adopting simple attitudes, perspectives, expectations, and actions (the same ones that changed him and his family).


  1. Abbie

    I’ve read this twice today so far and I think I know what my thing is. It’s a thing that’s been my thing for a number of weeks, gosh, months already, now.

    Not today, I don’t have to give a fake “fine” when someone asks me how I am.

    Because sometimes I’m not fine. And that’s ok. And people need to know that it’s ok for me to not be fine … and for them.

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