Monday, December 9, 2013

Monday Mantra: Life's Hard

mantra is a sound, syllable, word, or group of words that is considered capable of "creating transformation".

Every Monday I will post a new thought, idea, or focus for the week. When you need a breather from life, when you need a little inspiration, or when you're about to jump over the conference table and strangle your co-worker, remember the mantra.

Monday Mantra: You're doing the best you can. Remember that and let go of the rest.

It's hard to be a person.

We grow up, go to school, and work work work work work. We make tiny human beings, run errands, and try to live up to everyones expectations.

We want to be good at everything we have an interest in -  crafts, music, cooking, cleaning, yoga/running/whatever-your-thing-is.

We long to be smart, kind, appreciated, loved.

In turn, we want to be loving, grateful, inspiring, and awesome.

We want to look a certain way, feel a certain way, think a certain way.

We expect a lot out of ourselves and when we don't achieve our super high, usually unattainable goals, we freak out.

A lot.

Why? Because being human is one of the hardest things in the world to do. 

I think of my dog as I write this. His main priorities in life are eating, sleeping, and being cuddled. He doesn't have to pay taxes or buy his own food or brush his own hair or even schedule his own vet appointments because he has his very own personal assistant who does all of those things for him- me. Dogs have it easy. People, not so much.

A new year is right around the corner, which means it's resolution time for most people. I'm not big on those personally, but if you're someone who loves them I suggest one and only one resolution: Every day remind yourself that you're doing the best you can.

That's it. A reminder a day.

You're doing the best you can.

There's no need to impress anyone. No one is counting your dust bunnies or monitoring your every bite of ice cream. Your real friends and family will be there for you on even your worst hair days. Everyone else doesn't matter and most everyone is too busy worrying about their own personal life goals anyway. If they're that enthralled in your life you might have a stalker in which case you might want to call the cops. I'm just sayin'.

Let go of everyone else's perception of you and just live your life. Do the things you love. Don't hold yourself to an unattainable list of things someone else thinks you should be or do. We live in a society that often smothers us with ideals of how we should be. Push back. Just live. Live your life. Let go of the rest and remind yourself you're doing the best you can.

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