Truths and Tautologies.
Catchphrases. Quotable quotes. Life Commandments. Maybe our mothers used to say them; maybe we read them in some book and it sounded smart to use in conversation. Maybe we wrote them in lipstick on a lover’s bathroom mirror in a desperate(ly pathetic) act of romantic grandiosity. Or maybe they were just simple things we’ve picked up along the way that we have found to be, well, pretty damned accurate in this ongoing tightrope walk we walk.
Whatever the reason, I think these little quips/big ideas are golden, and I’ve seen a whole pot of gold turn up on this site. I’ve even started using a couple myself (Thanks, LZ for “‘a perfectly kept house is the sign of a misspent life” and the gift of learning to appreciate “small moments”; and BH for the sticker idea, for example).
These kernels are not hipsterish memes; they probably won’t appear on Urban Dictionary. But we find ourselves referring to them over and over again, as dependable and reliable “stuff we know to be true”. We love to share with others these things because they have been revelatory, or foundational (or both), for us at times. Our life’s tonic, shall we say.
And it got me thinking: what a dearth of worldly wisdom we have amongst us!… I wonder if it would be interesting to write down some of this stuff and see if we can’t create our own little library of Sugarisms, shall we say. To be argued about, used, credited, plagiarized etc., as appropriate by all of us.
So, to the sound of one hand clapping, here’s a few little things I’ve found to be useful at the right time/s. What are yours? Sprinkle your sugar…
- For an instant pick-me-up alongside your morning rituals: “Today is a new day with no mistakes in it”. Gets me going, especially after a hard day before.
- When debating the ever-ongoing-struggle of balancing priorities between work and life: “You should treat your family better than your number one client”
- Self awareness is about how well you know yourself. Self management is about what you do about it. Self awareness is easy. Self management is hard.
- Yes, it’s old and boring, but “Just Do It”. No really. Do it. DO IT!
- To avoid becoming overly emotional or judgmental when making decisions or reacting to things, I try to remind myself that, “it’s all just data”. Data is neither good, nor bad, it’s just a set of information to ponder. Often this takes me off the ledge, even just for a moment. And it has stopped me from putting my foot in my mouth on probably hundreds of occasions. See the world like a student, and problems become jigsaw puzzles. Life is just a whole lotta data.
- I’ve mentioned this before, but I believe friends are there to help share the sunshine and pick up the pieces. Some are fair weather friends, and some are best in a crisis. Both are not to be taken for granted.
- It is what it is.
- Tautologies will always win an argument because they can’t be disproved (see 7, above).
- This is not my own, but a friend of mine hums the Mission Impossible theme inside his head when going through a challenging day. He’s his own superhero in his own life’s adventure. While I hate the themesong, I love the concept. Way to motivate!
- Wrinkles are reminders of the paths of our lives, like rings on a tree. Each has a story.