Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The Starlight Manifesto

I've mentioned it before and I'm sure I'll mention it a million more times in future blogs, but my mother is probably the wisest person I know. She peppered my upbringing with so many great lesson which have stayed with me and helped me in every aspect of my life.

Destiny has not led me down a path that included children of my own (although my life has been richly blessed with 9 nephews, 3 nieces and 2 godchildren) but that hasn't kept me from using the lessons my mother taught me and passing them along to others.

Not everything I pass along to friends is directly from my mother, but all things in my own life philosphy were directly shaped by her love and wisdom. One of the things I share most often is what I call the Starlight Manifesto. On the surface, it seems a very nebulous kind of advice, but over the years I've learned it applies to every aspect of my life and by using as a type of "mantra" has helped me to keep an even keel and avoid some bad life choices.

I feel the manifsto is self-explanitory, so this post won't be very long. I leave you with the words I've repeated to myself and friends more time than I can count. It's short and easy to commit to memory......take some time to think about it after you finish reading this post, but I'd love to hear your thoughts. If you have your own type of maifesto, I'd love to hear about it!

The Starlight Mainfesto:
It is what it is-
We are what we are-
I can only be myself.


Jessica said...

I too have repeated this so often it's almost second nature to my tongue. Thank God for the SM-- it has gotten me thru many a tough day!!!

Rebeckah said...

I never heard this before. Maybe only cool people from Oklahoma say it. I do love it : ). I think I need a manifesto! I love this quote by CM Barrie "Those who spread sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves" and this one, from Mother Teresa "Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love." Does that work? Are you all Birthday'd out?