Psalm 34:17 – When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.
We live in troubling times, and I can’t say that will improve anytime soon. However, I firmly believe that we CAN change our attitudes on how we perceive our troubles. Over the years, I curated a series of mantras, if you will, to help keep my perspective in check. Below, you will find them, and I hope that they can encourage you as they do me.
1. Do something you love every day. Please, create art and live through it each day. Your creations are an extension of yourself and will forever represent you. Even if it’s just taking one photograph or preparing a special latte, art is so vitally important for your life. Treat it like a finicky plant – it needs help – from you – to live its fullest.
2. Wear your favorite clothes and wear them often. Even when they become worn and grow holes the comfort they gave you can never die. Appreciate them and say thank you each time you hang or fold them.
3. Don’t save “the good things” for “some day.” Foods, cosmetics, and clothing all spoil. Don’t wait until tomorrow – drink the good wine every Sunday and wear the expensive perfume whenever you want to.
4. If you don’t like something in your life, remember that you can change it. Maybe not today, but work towards it. Rome was not built in a day, and you can’t change your life in a day, either. Create those first baby steps today.
5. Watching films and reading books about people with vastly different lives will broaden your horizons. Learn from these people so you can appreciate, and have empathy for, every walk of life.
6. Keep your dreams, even if you have no intention on making them come true! Day dreams are important… they may not be something realistic, or even something that you actually want from life, (as I mentioned here), but keep your day dreams alive. If you do this, you will always have an alternate reality to drift into, and there is something oddly romantic about a whole imaginary world.
7. When worst comes to worst, always rely on the beauty of words. Spiritual texts, poetry, and even novels are ripe with quotes that seal the cracks in our hearts. Through literature, you can find comfort. Once you find that comfort, spread it around like honey on bread. Don’t keep that stuff to yourself.
Do you have any uplifting mantras? Please share them with me. I’d love to add to this list.