Monday, March 15, 2010

Mantra for a Monday

When I saw these little magnets in the store, I knew I had to have them. But it was Christmas, the time of year when you're supposed to buy for others, not yourself.

So I gave hubby very strong hints. As in I wrote the name of product on the back of a coupon for the store and told him they would make a lovely present. Apparently the hint was not strong enough.

And so, a few weeks ago, I went back to the store and bought them for myself.

I hung them in a place that I pass by every day, many times each day. They are my mantra. I love the words, especially the last two. It's good to dream and wish and believe. But ultimately, you have it do it for yourself.

What's your mantra for this Monday?

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Bish Denham said...

Those are the perfect words. Think I'll borrow them....

Kelly Polark said...

You are right, you can wish all you want, but you must believe you can do it and go after it!
Love the magnets!

Julie Dao said...

Great mantra. I think I will borrow them to help me get through this week! Thanks for sharing!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

My mantra today is "Fake it 'til you feel it!" I'm not in a very good mood(thanks to bratty class of students) so I'm faking a good mood until I feel it. :-)

Corey Schwartz said...

Boy, hubby is a little slow :)

Great words to live by. The blogosphere is so full of inspiration today!

Elana Johnson said...

Sheesh, husbands. I'm glad you went back and got them yourself. What a great mantra! Can I just use yours? No?

All right. How about:
Word Hard
Don't Give Up
Pay it Forward

I like that.

Christina Lee said...

Yeah, hubby's and the hints that fall flat! I make hand-stamped jewelry and people always want these kinds of inspirational sayings stamped on. My newest favorite request? Have a great day!

Lori W. said...

Very similar mantra: Just get it done. Unfortunately, what I want to get done (some writing) has to go on hold for what I *need* to get done (stuff for work, parenting and critiques for friends) - all things I love, but I need more time. Less sleep isn't serving me well. :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Those are excellent!
And men don't do hints well...

RW said...

life is too short for crap
keep my mouth shout

- what I mean is that it is so tempting to get bogged down in the little distractions... and sometimes it is just better to say nothing.

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

yeah, I've figured out, hubby doesn't get hints!!! Good grief, I have to spell it out for him.

My mantra today is Peace at last!

TerryLynnJohnson said...

OMG - I have those last two words up on my fridge!

(glad you bought them for yourself)

Dawn Simon said...

I think I've quoted it here before, but I have a bookmark a crit group member gave me that is pinned to the bulletin board behind my laptop. It says, "Never, never, never quit - Winston Churchill." That's my mantra.

Tana said...

That reminds me of my favorite line from Joseph and the amazing technicolor dream coat, "If you think it, want it, feel it, then it's real, you are what you feel."

Rena Jones said...

Great magnets! I don't really have a mantra for today, but there's one in a book I just read that said, "First do it, then talk."

Unknown said...

I love your mantra. Hmmm. I think I have to go shopping and find one for me. I love the idea of putting it near by computer. :)

Indigo said...

If there is one thing I've learned husbands rarely get the hint, unless you literally hit them upside the head with it.

I'm striving to be more of a 'do it' person. One of my favorite saying is - you are what you want to be. (Hugs)Indigo

Vivian Mahoney said...

Ha, ha. I love you gave hints your your hubby and when he didn't pay attention, you bought the great magnet for yourself.

Now I'm going to have to look for a good mantra to get me through the day. Maybe something about picking myself up.... Thanks for the inspiration!

Jackee said...

No wonder you wanted that--it's gorgeous.

For me this week it's:
Dream big and live fearless!

Sherrie Petersen said...

Bish: You are welcome to them :)

Kelly: Aren't they great?

Julie: You're welcome!

Shannon: I like that one! Sometimes that's all you can do :D

Corey: It's a good day to be inspired.

Elana: Great mantra!

Christina: How cool! I want a bracelet like that!

Lori: I've got the bags to go with the lack of sleep too ;)

L.Diane: Next time I'll just buy it, wrap it and put a tag with his name on it!

RW: I like those :)

Tamara: Peace is always good!

Terry: Great minds think alike :)

Dawn: Excellent mantra!

T.Anne: I haven't seen that play, but I like the line :)

Rena: Kind of like put your money where your mouth is, huh?

Stina: The more you see it, the more you believe it!

Indigo: I like that saying. Thanks!

Vivian: You always inspire me so I know you'll find your mantra :D

Jackee: I'm taking yours as well -- that's an awesome mantra!

Meg said...

You have time!

I constantly tell myself I don't have enough time to get everything done, but I really do.

Laura Pauling said...

Every writer needs to have that hanging over their computer! I love it.

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