And guess what? I think I do have a life motto. I remembered it as so many of you were sharing yours on my last post. (Just keep swimming, gotta love that. I'm such a fan of the Dory-types).
I read mine in a book by Martha Kilpatrick called All and Only, and it struck me as special immediately. She was talking about not knowing where life is going to take you and how you're going to accomplish what you want, and then she said. "Do the task at hand, Live the life you find." I love that.
I sometimes wonder if I should regret this or that decision, if I've made the right choices, how things would be different if I had made different decisions. Her phrase settled me so much. We do make a lot of choices in life, but sometimes life just happens. We make some choices because they are a by-product to some other bigger choice we were making. And eventually I just needed to realize that truth, live the life you find. It doesn't mean I don't believe in pursuing better jobs or big dreams or warmer geographical locations (good grief, Winter, are ya done yet? Uncle, already!) But I live this phrase in the sense that I don't want to always be looking elsewhere for my life when whatever it is, whatever I'm supposed to do - at least right now - is right in front of me.
Anyway, I didn't like being motto-less. I need to be ready for Oprah when she calls. Of course, darn, it's not like I wrote that phrase myself . . . ah well. Recognizing greatness is a certain kind of greatness in and of itself, right?