This is a little mantra I found in passing on Tumblr - nobody seemed to attribute it to an actual author (other than 'unknown') but I loved how profound it was and how it spoke to me the moment I first read it. So much of it resonates with how I'm trying to live my life.
~ Let there be silence in my mind ~
No more negative self talk, no more worrying, no more second guessing - these are all major aims for me at the time being. I want to keep the hamster off the wheel of my brain and let silence have its place. To be able to live each moment as it comes along without over-thinking it and turning it into a circus.
Going for a walk each morning gives me this time of silence. I do a little bit of thinking and a little bit of praying and a lot of just enjoying the serenity of my surroundings before leaping into the fray of the day.
~ Let there be warmth in my heart ~
Who doesn't want to have a warm heart? I want to have a heart that feels for others - I'm not known for my warm, fuzzy nature - but that doesn't mean that I don't have compassion and empathy and a desire to care about others (I just don't want to get too touchy, feely and get dragged into drama.)
As my family grows with my children getting married and then grows further with grandchildren in the future, I want to be a person who is warm and wise, someone who can offer heart-felt wisdom and care without being interfering. Being a wise woman would make getting older a little more bearable.
~ Let there be peace in my soul ~
Coming to terms with life and finding gratitude for all that I have has brought me a large measure of peace - there are still times I slip back into 'could have, would have, should have' moments but these are getting further apart and I am finding a balance that brings peace where I've never had peace before.