When I was in "baby jail" 10 years ago, stuck in an endless loop of laundry, goldfish (and grad school!?!), I had two mantras on the white board in my little kitchen:
Go outside whenever possible.
See my world (and messy house) through eyes of love.
I took those down years ago, but they're hard-wired into me. I still live by them. Mostly, I suspect, that's because they came from ME and not a self-help guru or a cute calendar.
By now, you know that I'm a huge fan of reflection. Much of the time, we seem to romanticize the past, race through the moment, or fear the future, forgetting the discipline of reflective practice. Yes, we have to keep putting one foot in front of the other, but how much better if we're not on auto pilot while we're doing it! And we surely won't learn anything if reflective practice isn't part of the journey.
I still make lists and paste them up around the house. My mantras change from season to season, but I keep finding that I NEED reminders of what's important to me, what I value. What are yours?