Monday, August 24, 2009

The World We Each Create


The Spin Cycle this week is “motto.” As in what mottos do you live by?


I have an eclectic mix of mottos this morning that I will throw out there like several splashes of paint upon the canvas. If you find any of them at odds with each other, well then. You have a glimpse of what it is like for me on a daily basis.


We learn more from our mistakes and failures than we do from our successes. The growth we experience as we work through our trials takes us to a better, more aware state.


If we deny we made a mistake, or try to blame others for them, we are bound to find ourselves in situations over and over again until we work through whatever it is we are meant to work through.


Laugh and and see the humor in things as much as possible.


Be mindful. Although we do learn through our mistakes, some missteps are life altering.


Be generous.


Love before all else.


I leave you with a quote from Martha Graham.


We hold the power to create whatever we desire. Our ability to manifest the changes we desire depends on the depth and passion of our beliefs and on the focus of our attention.


With this understanding, we, as individuals and as society, can design a whole new future for ourselves. Our challenge is to break free of society’s world view, to truly empower our imaginations to create brand new realities. It brings a whole new meaning to ‘vision.’


What do you passionately desire for your own life? For the planet?


The gesture is the thing truly expressive of the individual – as we think so will we act.


From more motto spinning, head on over to Sprite’s Keeper.

38 comments:

Mama Dawg said...

This one is my fav:

"Love before all else."

nothingfancy1 said...

"Be mindful. Although we do learn through our mistakes, some missteps are life altering."

How very very true.

lisleman said...

I tend to like the shorter ones better.
Be generous - it says much with few words.

The PBS station has an ad campaign with - Stay curious.

I need to get to work on my spin. thanks

Sprite's Keeper said...

Love before all else is my personal fave too. :-)
Those are some great mottos and while they may get in the way of each other once in a while, they're still great to live by.
Great Spin, Pseudo. You're linked!

Em said...

"Laugh and and see the humor in things as much as possible."

I just don't think we, as humans, live this one enough - I think it's the key to longevity. Excellent motto.

For me, The Golden Rule pretty much covers it all.

Jeff D'Antonio said...

I'm with the others on "Love before all else"

Mine: Live each day as if it were your last, and treasure every moment you spend with the people you love.

ds said...

Be mindful. Be generous. Laugh. Above all, love. Yup. That about covers it. Thank you!

Creepy said...

I don't know that I have one...

"Don't be a jerk??"

But I happen to be one so that does't work...

great spin as usual.

rubbish said...

If you can stay calm whilst all around you is chaos then you probably haven't understood the seriousness of the situation.

Twenty Four At Heart said...

Love before all else....

bernthis said...

2 mottos:

do what you've always done and you will get what you've always gotten and that isn't always a good thing.

do unto others as you would want them to do to you. (or something like that, I am terrible with sayings)

Amy said...

That is so true. Everyone does mess up every now and then. Who cares right. Thanks for the kind words the other day...

I say you only live once. So have fun.

Maureen@IslandRoar said...

These are great.
The laughing and being generous pretty much say it all.

A Mom on Spin said...

My motto is the same as Hortons:
"I meant what I said, and I said what I meant. . . an elephant's faithful 100 percent!"

only a movie said...

Love the Martha Graham quote. Good freaking stuff, Pseudo. I like this spin quite a bit. Love before all else... :-D

xxoo

Hit 40 said...

Breaking free for a new vision :-) Sounds wonderful!!

blueviolet said...

I love this one:
Laugh and and see the humor in things as much as possible.

And that is why I can laugh at your son's antics. That and the fact that he's not my son. ;)

Luv ya!

otin said...

My Motto is on my blog! "If your gonna be stupid, you gotta be tough"!

Midlife Jobhunter said...

"The gesture is the thing truly expressive of the individual – as we think so will we act"

Gets me in trouble sometimes. Great post, Pseudo.

Small Footprints said...

My favorite is:

"Just get out of the way of the Tiger".

Small Footprints
http://reducefootprints.blogspot.com

Fragrant Liar said...

All of those are fabulous. I'm especially drawn to Graham's.

I personally have one that I carry around in my head, spoken as far as I know, by Diane Sawyer, and it goes, "There's no substitute for paying attention." Cuz there isn't.

WhisperingWriter said...

"Love before all else."

I really like that one.

Pastor Sharon said...

Oh so thought provoking and well put.

In the end, Love is all there is.

Debbie said...

I, of course, like the one about laughter and humor!

smiles4u said...

These are wonderful! Some are similar to ones I already live by...especially the one about laughter and finding humor as much as possible. I will have to print these off to add to my collection.

Some that come to my mind off the top of my head...."What goes around, comes around." "Always choose to love, one more time." "Attitude is everything." Last but not least my favorite or I should say most thought or said motto as of late, "Just breathe."

Great post as always. Love and hugs, Lori

Erin@TheLocalsLoveIt said...

I don't really have a motto but am forever searching.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Ahh Martha Graham. I wanted to dance for her company when I was younger. She was amazing and inspiring-- like this quote.
Thank you.

midlife slices said...

My newest motto is:
"Live your life out loud"

...and what you said too. :)

Mango Girl said...

I have many, here are a few:

All they can do is say no.

Cancer girls ROCK!

Life Large.

Peace in, Peace out.

Thanks for sharing yours...

THANK YOU! for the shout-out!!!!

Mango Girl said...

I have many, here are a few:

All they can do is say no.

Cancer girls ROCK!

Life Large.

Peace in, Peace out.

Thanks for sharing yours...

THANK YOU! for the shout-out!!!!

Mango Girl said...

p.s.(can't believe I forgot this one!!!) my other fave (on the back of my business cards)

Amor est vitae essentia (love is the essence of life)

Mama Badger said...

Sometimes it's hard to put love before all else.

And sometimes it's hard to live Graham's saying, also.

But I love them both. As I said in my post, things to keep in your pocket and bring out when you need to be reminded!

Great post.

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

I love this one:
Laugh and and see the humor in things as much as possible.

I think some people forget that too often... :)

Smart Mouth Broad said...

That's a lot of mottos. I'll have to think about this one to see what mine are:

"When there's a piano to move, don't pick up the bench." comes to mind.

~The South Dakota Cowgirl~ said...

I really like your title- The world we each create.

Because truly our world is as a good as we make it- and while we may not all be rich fiscally, we can all find everyday blessings/positives to enjoy to enrich our lives!

Great Spin!

Laufa said...

Sometimes I wish I had a different reality, especially when I am paying bills.
Great Spin!

Laura said...

"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." It seems to encompass just about everything. Oh, and maybe add, laugh about it together, just to get the necessary humor in.

creative kerfuffle said...

i love all of these. really. be mindful--awesome. thanks for sharing.