A motto is usually short – and memorable. We can each have our own motto which sums up how we live.
Because each of us is unique, we will have our own individual spin on a motto with which others might also identify.
What might the Queen’s motto might be? Could it be “duty first”? You might identify with that or one of the following: “live and let live”, “keep calm and carry on”, “be yourself – everyone else is taken”, “every cloud has a silver lining”, “tomorrow is another day”, “do to others as you would have them do to you”, “smile and the world smiles with you”.
Once we have identified our motto, we can look at the reality of our day-to-day experience. Does our motto show in how we behave each day? Would others guess our motto from what they see of us? If not, our motto is aspirational. It is how we want to live but don’t (yet). Becoming aware of this is useful: we know the direction in which we want to go.
It is possible that when we identify ‘our’ motto, it is actually negative destructive thinking. What if, for example, we decide the motto we are living by is “each new day is another chance to fail”? Painful as this would be, it would still be useful. Once we identify destructive thinking, we have a chance to change it.
Mindfulness is all about noticing. Knowing what influences how we live – or want to live – is gold.
What’s your motto to live by? Actual or aspirational? Healthy or unhealthy? Changed in lockdown or consistent?
This is Mindful Monday on 15 June 2020.
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