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Mantras 'n Mottos: following the linky love.

2009-10-21 - 3:23 p.m.

I was over at Shutter Sisters yesterday and there was an entry which asked people what their mantra was. I mentioned my own – life is too short to eat rotten lettuce – but was curious enough to go back today to see what people had written.

First of all, “life is too short to eat rotten lettuce”? I know it sounds odd. But I’m infamous for hating waste, particularly of food and/or money. In addition to my obsessive recycling habit, I will eat things after their expiry date as long as it doesn’t taste or look “off”, and have been known to just cut off or scoop out the bad parts and eat the rest (depending on what it is of course – I wouldn’t do this to meat, for example) Since I’ve got a cast-iron stomach I’ve yet to regret this policy.

But I draw the line at picking through the bag of mixed greens and tearing off the bits of leaf that have turned to slime and rinsing off the “good” bits. I have to admit that the bits that are left probably aren’t all that good, and it takes time and half-rotten lettuce is kind of nasty to handle. So, even though I have occasionally been tempted to try to salvage what I can, I try to remind myself that there are some things I just have to let go of and the best I can do is bring it out to my mom’s to compost.

If you’re a “toss on the morning of the expiry date even if it looks and smells fine” kind of person, you’re probably grossed out by me right now. But I’d probably be scandalized by you whenever you eat half of what’s on your plate and then throw out the rest. There are things upon which reasonable people can agree to disagree (in other words, we can judge each other silently but don’t make an active issue of it) and I think this is one of them.

I have another that applies to work situations that’s a quote from and old boss: “Perfect is the enemy of good enough.” He would say that when we were tempted to endlessly tweak a document which, really, was ready and needed to go out.

Secondly, there are some great mantras/mottos out there. My mom’s is “all things in moderation” (an ironic choice for an all-or-nothing woman), but just from that link above, here are some of my favourites:

"We are always getting ready to live, but never living." from Georgia at Jorjah-B.

“I am enough” from Shutter Sister Tracey Clark at TraceyClark.com.

“Don't cry because it's over ... smile because it happened!” from Laura Evans at Laura Evans Photography.

“Smelling the roses stops time.” from Leaca at Simply Blogged.

“Progress not perfection.” and “It's never too late to live happily ever after.” from Dana at Urban Utopia Photography.

“I am fairly certain that given a cape & a tiara, I could save the world.” From Joy at Joy St. Claire Photography.

Why not add your own mantra/motto in the comments section, then follow some of the links to check out just who are these women that say such interesting things?

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