Reader Friday: What’s Your Mantra?

If you could choose one line from a song and adopt it as your mantra, what would it be? Please include title and artist.

Does your mantra change if I said writing mantra?

What about reading mantra?


34 thoughts on “Reader Friday: What’s Your Mantra?

  1. OH! That’s a great question. But there are so many wonderful songs I’ll have to think on it for a while. So much to choose from! 😎

  2. “Here we are, trying not to fall, reaching out to each other, Love will conquer all.”
    -Lionel Ritchie

    At least that’s my hope. And it resonates in me far beyond the romantic sense.

  3. I can remember the nights by the strand in Tripoli
    We were so much cooler then
    I had you and my poetry to protect me
    We were so much younger then

    Tom Cochrane, “White Hot”

  4. “The waiting is the hardest part
    Every day you get one more yard
    You take it on faith, you take to the heart
    The waiting is the hardest part.”

    “The Waiting,” Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
    This song has been my personal anthem/mantra for many years. I heard Petty interviewed about it, and how his creative process took a long while to create a song from the chorus. So, to my mind, the song speaks to the waiting part of the creative process in a very immediate way.

  5. I belonged to an online group of writers which started out as a support/information group for a new publisher which tanked very slowly, but we stayed together for over 20 years as a friends who “got” what the others were facing as writers. Every now and again, one of the writers would sell something outside of novel-length fiction. For some reason, most of us who did that were embarrassed that it was a “True Confessions” piece or a “Chicken Soup for the Whatever Soul” submission. Making money in this business is hard, and making a living at it is harder. Who cares if it isn’t The Great American Novel or a publisher that isn’t in NYC. It’s money for writing. So, we’d tell them, “Money is good.”

  6. For writing, my mantra is definitely:

    You gotta dig a little deeper / find out what you need / dig a little deeper / blue skies and sunshine guaranteed )song from Princess and the Frog)

    For the past few years, it was:

    Who taught you how to hate / cause it isn’t in your blood )Who taught you how to hate by Disturbed)
    At this moment, honestly, I think my mantra is simply Let It Go, cause there’s so much about the current situation I can’t control.

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