I write about my mantras a lot. About the dialogue in my head that keeps me centered.
Here is the January 2014 version. This is what I’m speaking to myself, to my kids, and to any one who asks what I’m learning or how we do it:
1. Treat other people the way you’d want to be treated. (Not in a manners way; in a handling people’s hearts way. If you’d want comfort, give comfort. If you’d want touch, touch. If you’d want help, help. If you’d want common courtesy, extend common courtesy.)
2. Don’t be an idiot. “Whenever I’m about to do something, I think, ‘Would an idiot do that?’ And if they would, I do not do that thing.” -Dwight Schrute
3. “In spite of illness, in spite even of the archenemy sorrow, one can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things, and happy in small ways.” Edith Wharton
Unafraid of change, happy in small ways, considerate, not an idiot.
What are your January 2014 mantras? They may become my February and March and April ones. Share them with the hashtag #Januarymantras.
Hit me with your best shot and I’ll share my favorites!
Happy 2014! -Kate