Vogt's Notes: Find words of wisdom in inspirational phrases
Something I do love about Facebook is all the inspirational quotes and words of encouragement I run across every time I scroll through my feed. Depending on my mood, I find one that I can totally identify with every time.
I recently saved this one: "When you allow a person's words to upset you, you're giving away your power - Dr. Phil."
That's fitting for my profession, because sometimes we print something someone doesn't particularly like, and we might hear from that person. Sometimes we make mistakes, and we graciously own up to them and correct them.
Other times, we are perfectly OK with what we printed, and most people understand after hearing an explanation.
Regardless, I don't like when people are mad at us. Even when I know we're right, I do let words upset me until I can make a call and either apologize or explain. So I like Dr. Phil's statement and reflect on it when needed.
Another inspirational saying I have at my fingertips is: "Every day is a new beginning. Take a deep breath, smile, and start again."
I can't remember where it came from, but I like it. Some days, life can be stressful. Whether it be something at work, something at home, something with family, or just something going on in the world, at times I just want to give up.
To wake up and think, "This day is a new beginning," is a great way to embrace the day. My dad always told my sister and me — and still does on occasion — "to take a deep breath" to calm us. Then just smile and start again — it's a good, positive way to live life. It's a way to turn negatives into positives.
I really like the following uplifting words I downloaded from Facebook at the start of the new year: "2018: More adventures. More fun. More sleep. More laughter. More love. Less negativity. Less stress. I am ready!"
We can keep this one forever, and just change the year. It may be cliché to say, but it's true — life is short. So we should embark on more adventures. We should have more fun. We should get adequate sleep, laugh and love every day, and shy away from negative thoughts and actions. Stress is part of life, but less stress is good. We should all be ready for all this, each and every day.
And I leave you with this, which is written on a card I received and that I have hanging at my desk at work. I think it's great advice to all our high school graduates who are ready to go out and find their way to adulthood.
"Advice from a sea turtle: Swim with the current. Be a good navigator. Stay calm under pressure. Be well traveled. Think long term. Age gracefully. Spend time at the beach!"