Isn’t it funny how life changes? What was important 10 or 20 years ago doesn’t mean a thing today.


During a recent conversation with a group of peers we talked about how our lives have changed. Many reflected on their days in college and what mattered to them then and what is important now. The whole conversation made me think of the many mantras that we live by and how these mantras have been made into art for our homes and offices.

You know the wall words and positive affirmations. I have placed several of them in my home and in my cube at work. Some of them remind me not to take life so seriously and others just give you the strength to get through another day.

One of my favorites is “you miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.” I look at this one every day, several times a day. It reminds me of the time I would talk myself out of opportunities that were tailor made for me. Not long ago I did this, when I was offered a change in position at work, I finally saw it their way and it was the best decision that I’ve ever made.

When I look back on some of the things I tried to talk myself out of I have to laugh. Once I drank the Kool Aid everything worked out just fine. It makes me think of another one of my favorite sayings “where you are is where you need to be.” Simply saying this is where you belong right now.

Of course several companies have turned these personal mottos into a business. If you look in the back of many decorating magazines you’ll find ads for companies that create words to live by. One of them is called If you like having home parties and selling things there is a company called “Upper Case Living.”

This company works pretty much like Tupperware, you invite people to a party and they buy words to decorate their walls. They are easy to apply and I think once people understand the concept they should be easy to sell. I almost got into the phrase selling business until I realized I wouldn’t have time to sleep. It is amazing what a difference a word or phrase can make. Not only is it a cool way to enhance the décor of your home, the phrases actually make you think. These are perfect for a child’s room, a class room or a business.

“Find your stage door and open it” is the phrase I just added next to my bed just to remind myself that you should always look for what you are good at and not what others think you should do. They also sell wall words at places like Kohl’s, Michaels and JoAnn’s.

Find your phrase and embrace it.

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