I often look at my life and wonder what I did to deserve the amazing parents I have. Today I'm thinking of the mantras they taught me. On a difficult day I will catch myself repeating one of them over and over and they soothe me just as they did years ago when I was being cradled in their arms after a skinned knee or other childhood trauma.
My Mother always had a way of lifting me up on a bad day with:
- "Tomorrow is another day."
- "In a hundred years it won't matter:"
- "Don't cast your pearls before swine."
- "Do something even if it's wrong."
- "If at first you don't succeed, try, try, again."
- "Make a beginning and never give up."
- "The impossible only takes a little longer."
- "Don't sweat the small stuff - it's all small stuff."
My Father showed me where he finds his inner peace with:
- "Every day's a good day"
- "Don't put your energy into the difficult people, put it into the good ones."
- "I never met a stranger."
- "People are fascinating if you just get to know them."
- "Ignore it. It'll go away."
- "Go hug your dog."
Thank you, Mom and Dad for being there for me no matter where I am. Know that your soothing words are always the background noise in my head.
Now, let me show the rest of you what beauties we've had the sheer joy of framing lately...