Together we are better. In a previous blog email we asked for your favorite personal mottos.
A heartfelt thanks to those that responded. A few are listed here. If you'd like to add your own, please contact me here and I'll add yours to a list for sharing. It might be just the thing someone is looking for.
“Treat others as you want to be treated.” Several people responded that the eternally simple and effective Golden Rule will always be their primary motto. Here are some mottos to add to your list. [slightly edited for space]
“It’s all about perspective.” We come to our opinions through our current perspective, and if our perspective shifts, our ideas and actions may shift too. Understanding another’s perspective helps me understand their actions. D.S.
Leslie: Thanks for sharing this motto! Before succumbing to outrage, thinking, “Of course they would do that because …..” helps fill in the blanks of why someone acts the way they do.
“It’s not what happens to us; it’s who we are within what happens to us.” Nobody is spared a share of ugliness, fear, and despair in their lives, but what defines those dark times is who we choose to be in those times. This is the part that defines us and is lasting. D.S.
Leslie: I recently heard a quote from singer-songwriter Billy Bragg, “This is where we are, not who we are.”
“Measure from the bottom up, not the top-down.” This motto reminds me to give myself credit for what I’ve done, not what I didn’t do. S.B.
Leslie: Thank you for a simple reminder to quiet that inner gremlin of shame and inadequacy that we all have. Read more in Rich Carlson’s classic “Taming Your Gremlin".
“Leave the place better than you found it.” I use it when camping but also for people too. This means fixing typos, sharing resources, spreading the wealth when I pass along stuff that someone gave me that others might use), smiling at strangers on my walk to work, saying ‘good morning’ to co-workers when I come into work, holding a door for others, and picking up trash. K.W.
Leslie: A good motto is universal. Your extension of the quote from scouting founder Robert Baden-Powell is perfect!
Resolutely, Ridiculously, Radically, Remarkably, Resilient. This has been my motto for the past four years and was well earned. Karin Rex (Geeky Girl)
Leslie: Your motto reminds me to stand tall. Thank you for the inspiration.
Beauty, Order, Simplicity, Grace. These values help me to set priorities and make choices. B. G.
Leslie: When I read this, I looked at the picture hanging over my desk, a reminder that going gracefully around the bend is a beautifully simple way to order your life. Order and simplicity bring mastery.