swift kick in the rear

I’ve always loved that phrase. I think because it’s not just a kick in the rear, it’s a swift one. It comes fast. I’m assuming with some ‘oomf’ and it gets your attention. Maybe there is pain involved but that’s not specified. What is very clear in the phrase is that the kick is swift.

Swift doesn’t always hurt but it always comes in hot. 

I got a few of those this week. Not one. Nope! A few. As in, plural. Multiple kicks. I got a swift kick in the rear at work. I got one at home. I got one from the scale. And I got one from a friend. 


So what do these swift kicks do? They get us to wake up and snap out of it. They get us to pay attention, to be present. They get us to say, “Hey! What was that for?” And they never, ever answer that question. It’s a call to action. A prompt for discovery. A nudge, a poke, maybe even a shove that needs immediate tending.

Swift kicks deserve swift responses.

More about that in a sec…

Today I was listening to my music on a flight and I hit some random button that brought up songs I haven’t heard in a long while. They’re not on my playlist and I had sort of forgotten about them. And instantly I got goosebumps! The first song was The Greatest Show! You must download this now. 

<swift kick>

Yes, lovey, that was swift kick in the rear from me to you. Play the song today. Google the lyrics to read while you listen. Then put the lyrics down and listen again while you sing along at the top of your lungs! 

As loudly as you can bear it. 

In your car, or your shower, or your prayer closet!  

Blast that music and let your heart and soul hear it! This song is about you. You are it. 

YOU are The Greatest Show. 

<swift kick>


What’s the thing that you need to do? Is there something you’ve swept under the rug? 

<swift kick>

Are there words that need to be said? Is there a dream within you that needs your immediate attention? Is there a relationship that is begging for an end?

<swift kick>


You’ve got this! You can do this! You MUST move! Don’t crawl back under the covers and wait. Sing and sing and sing this to yourself until you feel it in your bones. Then respond swiftly to the swift kick you received this week.

You just got one from me. I know you got others, amiright? (Or maybe five like I did.)


It’s time to respond…

and you are totally equipped for this next moment.

Thanks for reading. If you can relate, please comment. Your voice is welcome here. Be a part of the conversation.

Holly is Regional Sales Director for a global pharmaceutical company and Founder of The aMasongrace Project, a suicide prevention organization. She is an advocate, speaker, and author. Her widely-read blog, “It’s Just Me”chronicled her journey of surviving suicide loss. Holly’s latest endeavor, “Totally Enough,” is focused on empowering women of all ages to recognize their unique value, to walk in abundance, and to rest in the knowledge that they are enough. As is.

6 Comments
  • Debbie Bellon
    Posted at 22:27h, 11 February Reply

    Ahh love those swift kicks for the purpose they serve, right?! Yep, I try hard to pay attention to the sign posts and at the very least the swift kicks because I know if I don’t an even bigger hit is coming next! I hope it all works out well for you Holly. 💕

    • totallyenough
      Posted at 17:02h, 12 February Reply

      Ooooh ‘an even bigger hit’ if we ignore the swift kick… that’s good, Debbie. And soooo true. xoxo

  • Christin Robinson
    Posted at 14:09h, 12 February Reply

    Just the nudge I needed this morning! Thanks for that kick to make me push through today! 😘

    • totallyenough
      Posted at 18:25h, 12 February Reply

      Thanks for reading and commenting! Glad the nudge was helpful! xoxox

  • Catherine
    Posted at 01:19h, 15 February Reply

    I love this! This is one of my go to life songs and I love that it did to you what it does to me too. These are my favorite lyrics: ♥️
    Just surrender ’cause you feel the feeling taking over
    It’s fire, it’s freedom, it’s flooding open
    It’s a preacher in the pulpit and you’ll find devotion
    There’s something breaking at the brick of every wall, it’s holding
    Want another awesome song; download these two:
    The Breakup Aing by Francesca Batistelli and You Say by Lauren Daigle. 2 of my fave sing at the top of your lungs and love yourself songs! ♥️

    • Catherine
      Posted at 01:20h, 15 February Reply

      It should say the Breakup Song

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