One of my good friends in high school taught me the motto “Go big or go home.”
For many years, this motto encouraged me to be bold. To think outside the box. Not to let my fear of failure keep me from trying big things. “Go big or go home!” nudged me to try out for the Jazz Band. To dance like no one was looking. To sing in the Wieboldt Arch. To say Yes to my husband.
But lately, in these days of simultaneously working on many projects and being pulled in many directions, I need a new motto.
I’m going to go with “Something is Better than Nothing.” It’s not big and brassy. Definitely not bold. But SIBTN is what these days call for.
When Something is Better than Nothing, the ten minutes of yoga I can squeeze in before breakfast gets me through the day.
When Something is Better than Nothing, wiping the sticky spots off of the floor counts as mopping.
When Something is Better than Nothing, I go for a two-mile run instead of no run at all.
When Something is Better than Nothing, fifteen minutes of snuggles with my daughter means a lot.
When Something is Better than Nothing, I can write a short note to a friend, instead of a three-page letter.
When Something is Better than Nothing, a whole bunch of little gestures add up to a full life. And I am so grateful for the many facets of this life.
from a recent trip to the art museum
What’s your motto these days? Are you needing the boldness of “Go Big or Go Home” or the encouragement of “Something is Better than Nothing”?