The note I passed to a student who was hiding her phone behind her reading book, had skipped all our writing in order to text, and has been doing so for weeks:
Here’s the thing:
No one can keep us from our addictions but ourselves.
I’m reading a book about an alcoholic woman.
She knew she needed to stop drinking.
People told her so.
People who loved her.
But it took something else to get her to quit.
She had to make the decision.
No one but our better selves can save us from our addictions
No original thoughts there and so I thought about not posting it. Then I remembered that there may not be such a thing as an original thought and it's better to focus on having intriguing ones. This seemed to qualify.
I passed the note to my student. I'm posting it here for you. But I wrote it, I think, for myself.