Finding a mantra

For my last assignment in part one of Brene Brown’s ecourse, it was back to page one of they art journal to write a mantra. Fill that first page with some words that really speak to me. A phrase which I can repeat to myself when I need motivation, inspiration and grounding.

Problem is I can’t seem to pick just one phrase. In one way or another, all of these speak to me. I even have a strange desire to group them together into sub categories. There are a few themes emerging from the chosen phrases. Maybe I’ll do that one day. For now, I’ll let these soak in.

“I think I’ll just be happy today”

“Love is spoken here”

“Well behaved women rarely make history”

“Breathe in the good shit, breathe out the bullshit”

“You’re not designed for everyone to like you”

“When nothing is sure, everything is possible”

“Your thoughts will rise and fall away like a breeze”

“Don’t let the bastards get you down”

“The question isn’t who is going to let me – it’s who is going to stop me?”

“Everything I need to know is inside me”

“The secret of change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new”

“No one can drive us crazy unless we give them the keys”

“The struggle is part of the story”

“Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful”

“I love the person I’ve become because I fought to become her”

“Does this serve me?”

“I believe I can be kinder to myself”

“She turned her cant’s in cans and her dreams into plans”

“Sky above me, earth below me, fire within me”


“Be brave. It’s going to be good”

“The only person you should try to be better than….is the person you were yesterday”

“Take your pleasure seriously”

“How beautiful it is to stay silent when someone expects you to be enraged”

“This too shall pass”

“Starve the ego, feed the soul”

“Do no harm, but take no shit”

“A negative mind will never give you a positive life”



A recently heard a story about a frog. As one would imagine, if you put a frog in a pot of boiling water, it will jump out. If you can heat the water, very slowly, the frog will not jump out and instead will perish. The time which it takes to heat the water slowly enough, I suppose is the question. And happens to be the point of the story. Change, when presented very slowly, is acceptable to most people, even when it is change for the worse.

Some people keep a reminder of the frog story as their talisman of sorts. A little plastic frog in your pocket could remind you of a bunch of things, not the least of which is “get out while you can.” It could also remind you that change happens slowly for the good. So be patient.

A talisman is an object thought to contain magical properties which provide either luck, (sunny side of the street) or protection from evil or harm. Of course we know that the luck or protection is entirely the belief of the person who bears the talisman, but like the frog story, it is a reminder.

Used as a touchstone, these reminders are very powerful. Almost like a mantra, they can whisper from your pocket, some of your secrets which are important to remember. When life gets difficult, it is always a good practice to stop and weigh your next actions. Take a breath, touch a talisman, repeat a mantra and then take action in a positive way.