In last week's Celebrate post, Ruth Ayres encouraged us to think about those sayings or phrases that are often repeated like mantras by those around us. Her friend Kim was known for the line, "It's all good," a simple way to show love, trust, and forgiveness.
As I went through my week, I thought a lot about Ruth's call to listen for the repeated words in our lives. I realized that phrases like "It's all good" are abundant in my life, either coming from those around me or from my own mouth:
"It is what it is." This is a favorite of mine. I use it as a way to accept things as they are and let go of the need to control.
"You can't tell from where you sit, how you stand." My stepdad would always say this. To me, it means that I shouldn't assume anything.
"Life is short. Eat dessert first." Another favorite from my stepdad. Ruth would like this one...it's about not putting off celebration and enjoyment for later.
There are also a few not-so-positive mantras that popped into my mind:
"Hit your mother and your hand will fall off." No surprise that this one came from my mom. It means to always be kind and respectful to your parents.
"Beauty is pain." I'm not sure of the origin of this one, but I remember it from when my mom would brush my long hair that was often snarled and out of control. I heard it a lot, and so has my daughter.
What is interesting to me as that these phrases are often said without even thinking about them, yet they are so woven into the fabric of our lives that effortlessly present themselves on our lips at a moment's notice.
If you stop to think about it, these phrases are a kind of storytelling, a way of passing wisdom down through the generations. I remember these things being said (often) around me as I grew up, and my kids will do the same.
I think that's pretty cool.