“Happy Monday”,” Good Monday”, “thank God it’s Monday” are phrases seldom heard on Monday mornings. “I hate Mondays”, “the weekend went by before I knew it”, and “four more days until Friday” are more likely to be heard in most circles today. This fact raised a question in my mind…”what can I do to make every day a better day”? Maybe a personal mantra could help.
A mantra (maan·trah) is “1) a sound, word, or phrase that is repeated by someone who is
praying or meditating or 2) a word or phrase that is repeated often or that expresses someone’s basic beliefs” (Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, 2011).
I use the latter definition, although many may use both. I have a couple of daily mantras, but my favorite was given to me in conversation by my brother, ‘there is no shortcut to
perfection”. This simple phrase has allowed me to have patience with myself when I feel like nothing is going according to plan. It also allows me to objectively quantify situations and why they are the way they are, which is similar to another popular mantra, “it is what it is”.
Each of us should have a personal saying that helps us get through every day with a more positive attitude; even Manic Mondays can be tolerable.
So find a phrase, repeat often, and make each day a better day.