Write a mantra for the year ahead - how you'll approach it, what you wish it to be. How'd you arrive at the mantra
Last November, I attended a talk by a motivational speaker. He was a bit too earnest and “rah-rah” for my taste, but he suggested we choose a word that would be our mantra—our guide for the coming new year. He had us write down seven or eight words that came to mind about how we wanted to be in the new year and then had us narrow it down to one…and then we were asked to share what we’d chosen. I found the activity kind of exciting, but also kind of hokey, and sat mutely off to one side while others volunteered their words, such as:
And I’m in the corner thinking:
*If you are baffled by the words I was thinking, get thee to the library, check out, and read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, post haste!
I’m sure I wrote down seven or eight real motivational words, but I don’t remember what they are.
I don’t know if mantras will ever really be my thing, but there are a few “catchphrases” that I find myself using quite a lot:
When something is lost (and I don’t need it right this second): “It’ll turn up.”
When something unexpectedly goes my way: “Well, hot dayum and hallelujah!”
When directing the children in their chores: “Put the thing in the thing, next to that other thing! Come, on, you know what I mean!”
At bedtime: “Don’t come down here unless you’re bleeding or on fire!”
In response to the question ‘What’s for dinner?’: “I dunno. I haven’t thought that far.”
When the kids ask me what we’re going to do for the day: “The same thing we do every other day—try to take over the world.”
My oldest kids just showed up and read this post over my shoulder. I hate that. But, they are nodding and now mimicking my triumph yell. Get your own war-cry, kids, I’m trademarking mine!