Words can haunt you

Allison Tait blog
Posted on October 25, 2011

I got an email from a friend today. She lives on the other side of the world. We chit-chat about books and writing, friends and family. We’ve never actually met. But I’m always glad to hear from her.

Attached to the bottom of her email was the last email I sent her. Idly, I read through it, wondering what I’d waffled about (it had been a while between emails).

There was a lot of waffle. Then, about halfway down, these words:

“Don’t give up. Persistence is the key to this whole mess.”

I can’t tell you how much I needed to read my own words of advice today.


  1. LBDDiaries

    Truer words were never spoken. People fail because they quit. For me, it isn’t over until I win!

  2. Maxabella

    I hope all is okay, Al. x

  3. Sarah

    Hope you’re ok mate x

  4. Penny

    I am excellent at shelling out advice (sometimes unwanted). Not so excellent at taking heed of it myself. Who is?

  5. Miss Pink

    It’s funny sometimes even as I give great words of advice, I say to myself “You should listen to your own words” and still it doesn’t touch me the same way as someone else telling me those exact words.

  6. Diminishing Lucy

    Don’t you love it when that happens? Your own advice pops up in such timely ways!

    (I had a similar thing occur the other night – I recieved a text from someone that I had not spoken too in a while – and with it, all of our previous text conversations populated the screen, like an echo. From ages ago: a handy reminder…)

  7. Rhonda

    good advice indeed!

  8. Maggie

    When we’re in the thick of things, we tend to forget old wisdom. That is, our AHA moments. Sometimes, I find it a help to look up some of my (very few) journal entries. I also find nuggets there that reminds me: “This too shall pass.” I only wish remembering is easy heh. 🙂

  9. Mum on the Run

    Sometimes I wish I was as ‘wise and kind’ to myself as I am to my friends.
    I’m glad you got to be today.

  10. MaidInAustralia

    How wise you are! Very good advice.

  11. Mama of 2 boys

    No shame in recycling our own good advice Allison. And although I don’t know the reason for these words, they do sound strong and positive xo

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