1. hinduism, a word or formula, as from the Veda, chanted or sung as an incantation or prayer.
2. an often repeated word, formula, or phrase, often a truism.
Listen. Create. Sweat. Be kind. Give back. Be open. I think of these nine words as my personal mantra. Not exactly a philosophy of life, but the things at the this-is-who-I-want-to-be finish line. And the finish line is my carrot at the end of a stick...always moving toward it, but won't ever actually get there and be able to say, for example, "ok, I listened, that's done!"
These words emerged a few years ago when I needed to write something at work for a semi-regular email communication to our donors and community of supporters. It wasn't a fundraising communication, but a 'let's stay in touch' communication. We're an organization (Progress Inc. in Nashville, TN) that supports people who have disabilities to be their best selves. I started thinking about what being 'your best self' means for every person; what did it mean to me?
My best self is a combination of things that are so important to me that without them I would be an altered/lesser version of myself...create, sweat, give back...and things that I respect and aspire to but am absolutely not accomplished at yet...listen, be kind, be open. For me, these nine words cover a lot of ground; I want to write about each separately over the next few weeks. What I'm really curious about today though, are the words that define and challenge others...you? Share!
Hi, I'm Donna. Long time artisan/creative. Full time work in nonprofit world. Mother of two adult sons. Currently, also mother of two cats.
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