I've written quotes and good ideas on it that I want to remember. I thought that seeing them every day when I pick out my clothes would help me. Not help me pick out my clothes, but help me get good thoughts into my head. I started it many years ago and to be honest, since it's been there so long, it goes unnoticed most days. But this morning was one of those days when I noticed it and took time to read it and fill my brain with some good stuff.
You can't really see them in the photo, so I thought I would share a few of these with whoever takes time to read this blog.
What people think about me is none of my business.
A friend told me this and it's an easy one to say, but hard to do. It's not telling me to go though the day repeating "I don't care what you think" with a head bob and a snap up. That's not it at all. This is about looking honestly at my motives. Am I performing so that others will think good of me? I'm still surprised to notice how often I do things in order to get other people to think a certain way about me. In reality, I have no such power and I don't want to be that manipulative. People are going to think what they want about me, I don't have any control over it, and it's none of my business.
The ground is level at the foot of the cross.
Now I first heard this from one my favorite Bible teachers, J. Vernon McGee. But since then I've learned it's just an old saying from the days of yore written into hymns. Wherever it came from, I love the thought. I'm inclined to put myself above or below others on the ladder rungs of life. This saying reminds me that all those who come to the cross of Christ are equally sinful and equally in need of a Savior.
As long as you live keep learning how to live.
I love this saying so much that I used it as the title of my blog. It's a quote from Seneca, a Roman philosopher, and it reminds me that there will never come a time when I'm all knowed up. Every day offers an opportunity to live life a little bit better than the day before.
Be the star in your own life.
I heard this from Dr. Phil which is funny because I have never, never watched his show. I just heard him say it one day as I was surfing channels and it stuck with me. I got this picture in my head of my life as a stage show. A musical, of course. The name of the musical is "STEPHANIE" and I'm standing off stage or at the back. What? That's not right. I thought of all the times I have accepted a minor role in my musical - listed way down at the bottom of the cast of characters, right after 2nd townsperson.
Yesterday's failures don't guarantee failure today and yesterday's successes don't guarantee success today.
The first one is another one from J. Vern and the second is from Paul in Philippians. They remind me that every day is fresh and to avoid leaning on past triumphs or beating myself up over past failures. It's simply the "One Day at a Time" thinking.
Well...that's not all the wisdom from my closet door, but I'm tired of writing now.
Sometimes I laugh when I look at my closet messages. I think of one of my favorite SNL characters, Stuart Smally. and his daily affirmations.