What’s Your Mantra?

Pink Lotus Flower in Round Shiny LabelI’m so tired of Capital One always asking me, “What’s in YOUR wallet?” Aren’t you? I mean, really, why would I want to tell them what’s in my wallet? I barely know them.

I’d much rather they ask me, “What is YOUR mantra?”

I mean, sure, maybe that question has nothing to do with credit cards or banking, but it’s a question that may better help me – and you – better navigate the ups and downs of life.

What do you say to yourself when ‘stuff’ happens?

So, my mom called me this week, sounding surprisingly cheerful as she told me that she had just dropped her smartphone into the tub of water as she was getting up from her pedicure.

I was like, “Oh no! That’s awful…”

But she was like, “You know what? It’s not cancer. I can handle this.”

I’ve heard her use this “It’s not cancer” mantra before.

And I know what she means. I have a mantra too that makes me feel better when something has gone awry.

Like, I went to a new book club meeting last night at this restaurant, where I sat down next to two adult – let me repeat that, adult – women who were either texting or checking Facebook on their phones the whole night.

Mantra to the rescue…

“Oh well,” I thought to myself. “I can’t be smart for everyone.”

It really works. Have you tried it?

Someone cuts me off in traffic? No problem. “I can’t be smart for everyone!”

The customer service representative at Comcast accidentally disconnects my call after I’ve been on hold for 10 minutes? No problem. “I can’t be smart for everyone!”

When ‘stuff’ happens, perspective matters…

Now the above may sound a bit tongue and cheek, but what it’s really about is picking or creating a quick catchphrase – or mantra – that you can say to yourself to put whatever has happened to you that feels negative (or disastrous) in perspective.

So, short and sweet this week…what is YOUR mantra?A Little Perspective_opt

When those little annoyances or pesky life challenges hit you, what can or do you say to yourself to put everything in perspective?

Please share it with me in the comments section below. Life is filled with ups and downs, and I know that, in addition to helping you, your mantra can probably help others too!

To putting things in perspective,



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