Wednesday, April 22, 2015

If You had a Personal Mantra or Motto, What would it be?

If you had a motto in life, what would it be?

  • Life's too short not to have fun 
  • It's all good
  • Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong
  • Live and let live 
  • Always a bridesmaid, never a bride
  • Hakuna Matata
  • Nobody has any money
  • Live, love, laugh
  • My bad...
  • Thank you, God! 
  • The best things in life are free 
  • Any job worth doing is worth doing well 
  • Be here now
  • There aren't enough hours in the day...
  • Love makes the world go 'round 
  • No good deed goes unpunished
  • Breathe... 
  • You can do whatever you set your mind to
  • The devil made me do it!
  • I'm good enough, smart enough, and doggonit, people like me!
  • If at first you don't succeed, try, try again
  • etc.
Interesting exercise, isn't it? Most of us don't realize we have an unconscious (or semi-consious) mantra playing in our heads, but we do. It might not involve words, per se, as much as a persistent feeling, such as unappreciated, grateful just to be alive, or overwhelmed. 

Some of us bounce back and forth between two main states, such as happy/grateful and grumpy/discouraged, or some other form of okay and not okay, in which case there might be two alternating mantras. But, for the most part, people don't vary much from their established credo, so it's worth considering what you're reinforcing in yourself day after day.

Personally, I tend to sway gently back and forth between, All is well (Ommmm...), and Everything's a mess! I feel either peaceful and content, or like everything's gone to hell in a hand basket. (I only admit this, by the way, as a means of encouraging you to own up to your underground motto. I assure you, it's quite liberating, and now that I know what's lurking there, I can challenge these dualistic thoughts when they arise).

This week, I invite you to unearth a statement or two that sums up your philosophical stance on life. What effect does this motto have on you? Does it yield the results you're looking for, or is it limiting you in some important way? If it's a happy mantra, does it reflect your true thoughts and feelings, or is it more of an affirmation? Is this masking a deeper belief about life? If so, what is it?