While these sayings can be fun and worthwhile at times... it is often the motto we come up with ourselves while we are in the thick of things that are the most powerful and important.
I have two life motto's that I try and live by.
The first is, 'my husband is a gift, so think of him that way'. I learned this idea from a strengthening your marriage class Eric and I took when we were first married. Think of Christmas morning, you run to the tree start opening your presents and say "oh wow, this is nice, but I don't really like that it is green.. or I don't like this or that about it." You would never do that (or at least I hope you wouldn't).
So why do we often do that with the people that are most important in our lives. Why do we look for the things that annoy us or bug us? Yes, we all need to improve and change and some things might truly be dangerous or bad; but most things, if we look at them (to borrow another cliche) through rose colored glasses might just disappear all together.
Just like the Gratitude/Thank you game I told about in the Time for Tots Day yesterday, there is always something good that can be found. So I try and see and concentrate on those things.
My other motto: "I cannot do it. So do it for me." Now I am not a big baby or a quitter. I have just come to learn in life that there are some things that are completely impossible for me to do. Whether it be forgiveness, trust, hope, or just the strength to make it through the day...without asking my Heavenly Father for help. When I surrender my will to Him, He does it for me. He gives me the strength, the peace, the courage to keep going and make it through. When I put my own stubborn will forward and insist on doing it myself... more often than not I fail.
So as I live this crazy thing called life I try and remember my motto's and just take it one day at at time.
Inspired from Mama Kat's Writing Workshop