""In life, take too many pictures, laugh too much, and love like you've never been hurt because every sixty seconds you spend upset is a minute of happiness you'll never get back"
My husband and I have a quote that we both love and remind each other of it often.....
"Instead of telling God how big your storms are, try telling your storms how big your God is" (author unknown)
When things are 'down' and we are complaining about something, we try to lift each other up by remembering this quote. What a spirit lifter it is!
Thanks for the opportunity to share!
I get frustrated with people who just whine over really stupid stuff. So one of my favorite sayings is
"Put your big girl panties on and deal with it."
Personally it makes me laugh too. Just picture certain people with granny panties on and I promise you, you will laugh out loud!!!
"DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT UNTIL YOU HAVE TO." My dh was in the Marines for 13 years (got out a year ago), and we went through many deployments, including 1 where he was due back when 9/11 happened and a year in Iraq (with him having close calls and losing friends) in 05. The first one has been my mantra since he joined the Marines. The second one came about when I was pregnant with my son (over 6 years ago) and I ended up in the ER a few days after finding out I was expecting...the doctors told me that I was losing him because there was no heartbeat. I'm happy to say that he's 6-1/2 now. when I was pregnant the 2nd time, I lost 20 lbs and was sooo sick the WHOLE time. Those mantras got me through. My daughter will be celebrating birthday #3 in June. The great thing is this quote fits every situation.
"Looks like a journal experience."
The one we use around our house is "You can't fight crazy". As odd as this sounds, it always makes us laugh and we realize that things aren't nearly as bad as they could be.
My favorite saying is: "If money can fix it, it's not a real problem."
This saying is so true -- the little pesky problems of life (flat tire, leaky roofs etc) can be fixed with money. Real problems, such as divorce, death, illness, etc. can not be fixed with money. This saying really puts things in perspective for me!!
One of our favorite quotes: "In 2 weeks it won't matter". Usually when something "big" happens in your life and you feel like you are going to have a total meltdown - 2 weeks later you don't even remember why you were so upset.
When everything in life seems to be getting to you, and even the littlest things seem to be plotting against you - "Q-TIP"! Q-TIP means Quit Taking It Personally.
Example: The newspaper boy did not throw your morning news into the mud puddle because he has a grudge against you - he just has bad aim.
Thanks for letting us share! When things get tough and I need to put things into perspective, I try to remember: "This is just small potatoes in the big stew of life!"
In our family, we say, "click, click, click." This means that life is a roller coaster and we're going up the hill (click, click, click) and the down-swoop will soon follow!
My favorite quote is by Mother Theresa. She said "I know God won't give me anything I can't handle; I just wish He didn't trust me so much." I discovered this quote when I was in college and had cancer. I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease when I was 20 and was in remission 9 months later. That was 13 years ago, and this quote still holds so much meaning and inspiration for me.
A quote I think of quite often is from my very patient and loving grandmother who has 11 children and numerous grand and great-grandchildren. Whenever she hears someone complaining about their children or hears someone who is irritated with their children about normal, everyday stuff she says quietly, "They should've bought a doll..." I think of it myself when I'm going ballistic and thinking, "Did I sign up for this?" (Yes, I did....and I should've bought a doll!) hee.hee :)
My favorite quote (actually it comes from a song by Mark Shultz called Closer To You) right now is "Just another day closer to you Lord." Whenever I'm having an exceptionally bad day, I remember this and I know that each moment that passes brings me one step closer to my true "home".
My husband was diagnosed with Colon Cancer the week before Christmas 2006. I thought I would never make it through. I kept this quote in my pocket at all times, "Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced". It helped me face the situation and try to be strong for my 12 year-old daughter. It helped me through a lot of dark days along with the verse "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength".
I have been going through a very difficult period in my for longer than I care to dwell on. Some days I can feel myself spiraling into a panic. In addition to prayer I found that if I take a deep breath and slow myself down for a few minutes I could regain my balance and keep moving forward. I took some pretty scrapbook paper and made a sign and placed it on my bedroom mirror. Very simply it says:
"Remember to breathe."
Works every time.
As a child whenever I seemed to have a big problem, my mother would always ask, "Have you lost and arm or a leg?". That always put everything in perspective!!
"Tomorrow is always fresh with no mistakes yet." - Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables
"If God brings you to it, He'll bring you through it."
I first heard it sometime after my husband's suicide four years ago. I felt so alone and isolated, but I wasn't at all. God arranged for me to be surrounded by friends and family. He sent me back to my hometown and found me a beautiful house with a scrapbook room too! When I realized my infant son was having developmental issues, He sent even more help. My dear friend Karen was a pediatric physical therapist who led us to other wonderful people to help us with him.
I love this quote because it reminds me of the Footprints poem. God is right there with us, leading us through the storms to the light! He holds us in His arms through it all.
My mother once said "Don't puke before you get on the tilt-a-whirl", meaning don't get yourself all worked up over something before it even happens.
"Worry is a darkroom, where YOU develop your own negatives." This helps in stressful times for me.
"If you ain't laughing, you ain't living."
The more I think about that statement, the more it resonates with me. I have always been a person who always takes things so seriously and worries so much, sometimes about things I can't control. I don't always take the time to laugh, to enjoy all the fun this world has to offer. I mean, we only go around this crazy world once, and you have to make the most of your life....including trying to remember to laugh and lighten up.
This comes from my husband. "Get glad in your mad pants". That one always makes me smile, and usually gets me out of my bad mood.
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When times get tough and they always do, I always say "Let no one steal your joy."
My favorite quote recently is "Today's Trial is Tommorrow's Testimony." It has really helped me keep things in perspective.