|by Ginger Plowman|
“Go to what you know.”
That’s one of my mom mantras.
“How do YOU think it’s spelled?”
You know what I am talking about, those truths and principles you repeat to inculcate them into your kids, to give them what you believe they need to overcome obstacles and become productive people, people who can figure things out and stand on their own two feet. These are Mom (and Dad) mantras.
We remember some that our parents spoke into our lives.
“I used to walk 10 miles to school, up hill and in the snow.”
“We never got to do that when I was growing up.”
“Nothing good ever happens after midnight.”
Each of us has our own list, though some may be common to all if you are from similar cultures. The mantras are meant to instill in us perseverance, strength of character, wisdom. In my house, among the regular chanted mantras I used were messages about attitude.
“Attitude ‘A’ every day.”
"Be a blessing and be blessed.”
“What you practice you become.”
Your mantras say something about what you value, about what you believe contributes to a good life, about what influences you. Some of the mantras of our lives we don’t even realize are there. They may be subconscious, repeated messages in the recesses of our mind, but shining through who we are none the less. Sometimes others may hear what we don’t realize we repeat. These can be dangerous mantras because they may be shaping us with something harmful to our character.
It’s a good practice to occasionally do a mental check of the mantras we recite, to listen to that voice that speaks within us, the messages we let freely rerun on the screen of our minds. Listen as well to the ones we speak into the big wide world of our children’s futures. It wouldn’t hurt to check with loved ones. Ask if there mantras we are missing that may be having an ill-effect on us or those around us. We all have blind spots that we can use a little passenger assistance to see.
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