Did you know you can cast spells? Singer, Erykah Badu often says, “Spelling is a spell. Everything we write down happens.” While there’s no magic to it, words do indeed have power. Proverbs 18:21 warns us there is power of life and death in the tongue. How many times have you heard someone advise you to be careful what you say, what you wish for, what you speak into existence, remember the law of attraction, etc.?
As a child, I was told to mind my words. There was a song we sang at the private Christian school I attended whose lyrics included, “oh be careful little mouth what you say…for the Father up above is looking down in love, oh be careful little mouth what you say.” While the school used the song as a scare tactic to prevent us from falling into heathenish ways, I view the lyrics to be a mode of empowerment and strength. Your Father is looking down, listening to your needs. He will provide, so speak positively and confidently!
I enjoy reading quotes from prestigious people. I feel that it’s enlightening to acquire a nugget of their wisdom, to discover what makes them them. It is one of the qualifications I look for when selecting my mentors and those by whom I am inspired.
- Issa Rae, phenomenal writer, director, actress, and awkward black girl, said the words she lives by are “give your best to the world, and the best is what you will receive in return.”
- My mentor, Jackie, recently reminded me to give my best. “Whatever you do in life, do it to excellence.” What powerful words to apply to your daily living! On those days where I question my purpose and current status, I can remind myself to do it to excellence.
- Oprah Winfrey, global citizen with numerous accolades, aims to, “become the change you want to see.”
Needless to say, there are a plethora of inspirational quotes and words of wisdom to guide your life.
A little about myself: I am a perfectionist. If it’s not 100% right, then it’s 100% wrong. I had burst into tears in 8th grade history class upon seeing the red “B” written across my test. When things don’t go as planned in my world, it’s as if all hell has broken loose. I scramble and fret. It’s all wrong! It’s not as I planned!
These past few years, I’ve had to constantly remind myself to let go and just enjoy this ride and what journeys come along the way. Inspirational quotes are placed in my home, office, cell phone, and planner to keep me grounded and appreciative of this journey.
There is no right way or wrong way to live this life-as long as you live it. Those are the words I live by. It’s my reminder to stop over-analyzing every detail and be mindful of every moment. When I feel the urge to hide under the bed sheets to avoid the world, as long as you live it resonates in my mind. Live this life, girl! In the seconds I waste fretting over how I’m not at a particular level in life, I can be grateful that I can breathe fresh air, feel the wind kiss my face, laugh at someone’s joke, having meaningful interactions with loved ones, and thank God for those seconds and for where I am. Live your life!
The last thing I want to share with you is mantra. Typically used as a focal point in meditation and mindfulness, mantras are another slogan or motto used to identify a state of mind or belief. Last year, I decided to start my day strong by reciting a personal mantra to keep me grounded and confident throughout the day. Usually, I would recite it in my car en route to work-to prepare myself for the day’s activities. Here’s my mantra:
I am confident. I am competent. I am capable of handling anything that comes my way. I am the best at what I do. Nobody can do what I do. I am needed and wanted. I am appreciated. I am peace. I am joy. I am light. I will reflect Him in all I do. Today will be a good day.
After reciting this, I feel ready to accomplish the day’s tasks and comforted in recognizing my strengths and knowing God is with me.
What are some words you live by? I’d love to read them and learn more about you. Share your mantras and words you live by in the comment section below!