Words to Live By

A friend of mine recently had a post on her blog about a poster she saw that said “Keep Calm and Carry On”.  She mentioned that it is quickly becoming her motto for her life, and it got me thinking that having a motto or a quote that inspires you is a very good thing!

Having something like this in your home, as your screen saver, as your computer background, on a post-it in the bathroom or in the car… the list can go on and on, can really motivate you and keep you on track!  Do you ever feel like you are losing your mission?  Do you not even have a personal mission statement?  Really this is one thing that you can do to really get you going everday, and concentrating on the things that are actually important to you!  I hate to sound like a Franklin Covey seminar, but a personal mission or motto is really important to have in your life.  I have had a mission statement for a while, but haven’t thought about a personal quote or motto.  My mission statement is …

I am a loving wife and mother who does everything she can to make sure her family is healthy and happy.  I try to live my live as Christ would.  I value knowledge and organization and strive to instill these values into my children.

So here are some quotes that I love and am contemplating as my own personal motto…

  • “By small and simple things are great things brought to pass” Alma 37:6
  • “We must not…ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences we often can not foresee.” – Marian Write Edelman
  • “Take all the swift advantage of the hours.” – William Shakespeare
  • “The trick is to enjoy life.  Don’t wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead.” – Marjorie Pay Hinckley
  • “The past is behind, learn from it.  The future is ahead, prepare for it.  The present is here, live it.” – President Thomas S. Monson
  • “Stand a little taller” – President Gordon B. Hinckley
  • “It is within families that truth is best learned, integrity is cultivated, self-discipline is instilled, and love is nurtured.” – President Gordon B. Hinckley

Do you have family mottos?  I’d love to hear it!

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  • I love, “you can do everything.. just not everything at the same time.” Meaning there is a time and season in your life to accomplish all the things you want. Parenthood, career, school, etc. But you don’t have to do them all at the same time.

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  • love it! you can link to my blog if you want. I should have my own version of the poster done soon and I’ll take a picture and post it. It is going to be hung right above our front door…where it can been seen!
    I’m glad it was able to help you through your crisis this week.

  • One of the things I do to stay sane is keep track of things I never thought I’d say as a mom. I like to write them down and hang them on the fridge for laughs – great conversation starters too. My favorites so far are, “Thorpes wear pants” and “You are not the booger police.” You can imagine the situations that led to those lines can’t you?

    We also have a family motto (and a theme song – not really related though). It is “Celestial Here.” And then we have a list of what that means to us: exercise kindness, avoid contention, seek goodness, gain learning, practice loyalty, retain spirit, obey Lord’s will, be happy, have fun, work hard, and give love.

  • I don’t remember how I happened upon your blog, but I am enjoying it. I especially enjoyed this entry about personal mottos and mission statements. We have a family scripture, Alma 37:37, but I never thought to give myself a mission statement. Very inspiring. I love your quotes and some of mine that I thought of were: “Don’t put off for tommorrow what can be done today.” and “Get on your knees and pray and then get up and go to work.” – Pres. Hinkley.

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