Your New Mantra
This mantra, given in pieces to me by two dear teachers, is my gift to you. It fueled me to overcome depression, and now you can make it yours.
I have a copy of the Holstee Manifesto at my desk at work. I don’t remember how I found it online, but when I read it, I couldn’t help but buy it.
The manifesto is everything you’d ever want to relish in life (do what you love, travel, savor your food) and I used to read it regularly to get inspired to live a life that seemed apart from my own.
After a while, the poster became just one more thing I wasn’t living up to.
Here’s the thing: Many manifestos and inspiring quotes focus on change. Changing your surroundings, the people in your life or habits you’ve always had but can’t seem to break. And that’s hard to do all at once, let alone at all.
It’s time to get real
I didn’t pull myself out of depression because I read a quote telling me about what I’m missing out on in life. I pulled myself out of depression because I hit rock bottom and I had two choices.
- Stop living.
- Start living.
We all are faced with this choice every day. And some of us have already stopped living, even though we’re still alive.
You see, I’m not talking about life or death.
This is life or life.
Your beginning is now
One of the hardest parts is just getting started. Waking up in the morning. Landing a job. Developing a relationship with the person you want to spend the rest of your life with.
But if you can take only one step toward your goal (set the alarm, send the resume, go on a blind date), it gets easier to keep walking.
If “just do it” doesn’t get you motivated and manifestos seem unattainable then how do you take the first step?
It’s time to adopt a new manifesto. Scratch that — a mantra.
- A mantra that’s not about a pie-in-the-sky dream for your life.
- A mantra that you can honest to goodness get behind 100% because it’s not about changing yourself.
This mantra fits on one page. It fits on one screen. It’s a daily reminder that you are worth it — that your ideas and endeavors are worth it — and that you’re not alone in your journey.
In fact, it’s a desktop or iPad wallpaper so that you remember to live it not just when you’re at work or in your house, but every time you look at a screen (which is probably a whole lot).