M A N T R A S
I have 2 in particular that I like to use.
The first one which I used to use when my kids were small and of which I was reminded of by a good friend recently - "This too shall pass".
Often we get so caught up in what is happening in the moment that we forget the moment passes. Young moms with little babies, they grow up. The crying, puking, up all night phase will pass, I promise. One day when you are trying to get your teen up during daylight hours you will wonder what all the fuss was about.
That hard time you having in your relationship, or financially or with a friend or at work. It will, somehow, over time, resolve itself. Along with the "this too shall pass", I add "will this matter in 5 minutes, days, weeks, months or years…". It helps me to assess the relevance of how much energy I need to put into a situation. I've spent way too much time worrying about situations which in the end really did not matter in the long run.
My 2nd mantra may be a bit of a shocker - "Remember stripes and orange do not suit you ever!".
I have a couple of people in my life that can really get on my nerves. In ways I cannot even begin to explain. I'm usually a fairly even tempered, calm and rational person, I think. But one or 2 people have a special knack of knowing exactly how to push me to the point of explosion and I have to remind myself that they are not worth the potential jail time I literally could face if I really lost it. But perhaps not just the jail time. It is also the loss of control and the loss of face in front of them. The knowledge that this was what they wanted and the shame that is to follow. So find a mantra to use for yourself when you feel you are reaching that boiling point. Believe me you will not regret it.
Mantras are good for us. They remind us that we are human and fallible just like everyone around us. They also give us a point to focus on when things around us get too much and the voices of reason in our heads get drowned out by the chaos that surrounds us. They give us permission to feel the moment, whether it be pain or pleasure and then move forward feeling just a little bit stronger than we were before.
Find your mantra. It is in fact your inner voice. Your inner self championing your cause. And just sometimes, in the words of fellow blogger, MaiLynn Stormon Trinh - F*ck It - is just as good a mantra and gets the job done!!! Don't be shy about what works for you!!! It is your mantra after all.