I don't know about anyone else, but through the years, I have at various times found encouragements in very brief (you might say sound-bite) mantra that stand in for a whole panorama of thinking/belief/hope/faith/understanding or whatever. Some have come and gone and were little more than mantra-du-jour. Others remained, like old friends.
I noticed this the other day when I realized I had taken on a new one ... something that banged my chimes and spoke directly to me as a reminder ...
If you're so serious, why aren't you laughing?Older friends include:
Love and charity towards all beings
Contentment under all circumstances
Control of the senses and passions .... (Boosted from the Hindus)
Just because you are indispensable to the universe does not mean the universe needs your help.
Smile just one smile.Do I need these things? I don't know, but I do know they linger and whisper and occasionally take on a re-enforced meaning.