I was a guest on a podcast earlier this week and one of the questions asked was “what are some pieces of real life advice that you’ve benefitted from?” Two quotes immediately came to mind that I want to share with you, in addition to a few other nuggets of wisdom I keep in my back pocket anytime I need a mental or emotional boost.
I think many of us are reaching a breaking point with what’s happening in our world. Our psyche’s are beat down. We are tired. In case you didn’t know, I publish a daily gratitude post on Facebook each weekday morning where I and others share what we’re grateful for that day. It’s amazing and cathartic and a great way to keep what’s happening in perspective. Earlier this week I shared I was grateful that quarantine is starting to feel like the new normal, but five minutes later that felt like the furthest thing from the truth. Nothing “happened” but that’s just how life feels right now. One minute everything’s fine, and the next minute it isn’t.
All that to say, if you feel the same, you are not alone, and I hope these quotes act as a little pick me (you!) up! I’d love if you shared some real life advice or motivational quotes that you live by in the comments section below.
“Be Quick to Listen, Slow to Speak, Slow To Anger”
I’m paraphrasing a bible verse but either way I want to tattoo it on my forehead. Or forearm. Or wherever – the point is, that is how often I repeat this mantra to myself each day. It is so important! Having very young children requires more patience then, well, I’ve usually got in the tank (at least these days) so I am constantly reminding myself to slow down and listen. Speak with love. Look at a situation with understanding. I literally could not get through my days without this motivational quote.
“If You Change Nothing, Nothing Will Change”
This second quote is from Rajkummar Rao by way of Pinterest, probably, and is something I remind myself a lot of mostly in regards to my business, but life in general as well. It’s so easy to get stuck in a routine, or accept a ho hum or even toxic situation, for example, but if you want something to change you need to actually take the steps to change it. Take baby steps if you need to! The point is, DO SOMETHING. A similar quote from Albert Einstein I love is “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.”
“Keep Your Powder Dry”
I believe this saying comes from an old English Statesmen and has to do with war and gunpowder, but the meaning behind this quote for my family is: “chill the @$%! out.” My Grandpa said this to my Mom growing up and she in turn reminded my brothers and me of it often as kids. I try to channel this quote if I feel myself getting worked up about something that I don’t necessarily need to be worked up about. Which doesn’t happen often because, you know, I’m a super cool cat! #lies Anyway, I can see my Mom in my mind anytime I replay this message in my head – eyebrows raised, voice low and soothing, hands in a surrender pose – “just keep your powder dry.” Love it.
“Don’t Let Tomorrow’s Worries Steal Today’s Joy”
Another paraphrased verse from the bible and gosh I just love it. Such a great reminder to live in and be thankful for the here and now, and to stop worrying about tomorrow because worrying changes nothing. This quote often triggers the Serenity Prayer to replay in my mind: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”
“You Get What You Give.”
From my girl J-LO! ? This and the quote “be the energy you want to attract” replay in my mind several times a day, especially when I’m with my kids. I often look at Ben as a living, breathing version of this quote. He radiates a calm, zen energy and you can physically see people react to that energy in a similar way. It’s pretty cool.
Alright, let’s hear it! What are some quotes or mantras you live by?