Fridge Magnet Mom

Momservation: All of life is a near death experience. ~Alan Harris

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My daughter calls me Fridge Magnet Mom because I think a good, inspirational quote can fix most anything.

It’s true. When some people reach for a drink to calm their nerves I reach for my Daily Peace, 365 Days of Renewal with Photos and Wisdom to Nourish Your Spirit.

I mean, really, doesn’t it bring you comfort to hear some reflective words of wisdom from someone who has already been there, done that, and is now selling the T-shirt on eBay?

One of these dropped bread crumbs marking the path toward serenity can soothe me like a good cup a coffee and can keep me from veering off course with anxiety:

Honestly, I don’t even have to reach for the book—I can just go to the bathroom or walk down the hall or stop in the kitchen— because I have inspirational quotes sprinkled around my house as decoration.

Taking a squirt? Ghandi will remind me to “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Walking to the bedroom? John Lennon tells me “Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.”

Whipping up dinner? Ralph Waldo Emerson instructs “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

The main reason my daughter call me Fridge Magnet Mom, though, is because I have a tendency to pull out my favorite quotes when I try to make people feel better, or heard, or understood, or even hopeful. I find these nuggets of wisdom helpful, and like a good recipe, I just want to share anecdotes for peace and serentiy.

So if you’re feeling discouraged and hopeless you might hear this from me: “Look up. Not down. Look up and see the goodness and beauty surrounding you not the weeds tangling your feet.”

That life is unfair? “These are the days that must happen to you.”

Hurt? “The wound is the place where light enters you.”

Sad? “Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you.”

Being too hard on yourself? “Your problem is you are too busy holding on to your unworthiness.” (Ram Das)

Worried about things you can’t control? “Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it.” (Eckhart Tolle)

Overwhelmed? “Hardships often prepare ordinary people for extraordinary destiny.” (C.S. Lewis)

Unappreciated? “Whatever you are willing to put up with is exactly what you will have.”

Off course? “We must be willing to get rid of the life we planned, so as to live the life that is waiting for us.” (Joseph Campbell)

Guilty? “Dead people receive more flowers than living ones because regret is stronger than gratitude.” (Ann Frank)

Frustrated with someone’s choices? “People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.” (Dalai Lama)

Unsure? “The time is always right to do what’s right.” (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

Struggling with forgiveness? “Holding on to your anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.”

And my favorite reminder to have faith and trust on this journey: “God always has better days ahead.”

Some of the quotes I’ve left for my daughter taped to her bedroom wall

So my daughter can tease me and call me Fridge Magnet Mom, but I’m pretty sure she is laughing with me. After all, why offer words of wisdom if you’re not trying to live them? She understands I’m hoping to leave a bread crumb trail for her to follow along with me on the road to living the best life possible. I’m just trying to follow the people who came before me who have shared their secrets to a happy and fulfilling life.

And any time I need to pick up the trail again I just step into my backyard and look up. That’s where I see this bread crumb left for us by my wonderful father-in-law, Floyd Eugene Wheeler, who stopped on this earth for a little while to leave his secret to a good life:

#EnjoyTheJourney  #BeInspired   #WordsToLiveBy

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