If, like me, you compulsively read every little bit of text that comes your way you cannot avoid variations on the phrase “Keep Calm and Carry On“. This meme is everywhere right now, and although it’s overused, I think it’s a good thing. Whenever I see a variant of this phrase it’s a reminder of the original. The poster originally was meant to keep people from panicking during wartime. I find it a helpful phrase even today. There are many things out of our control and they are not always happy things. I try to do what I can, and let the rest go. I keep calm, and I carry on. What else is there? Giving up is not an option.
I read a little about the poster and found it was part of a series. One of the others said: “Your courage, your cheerfulness, your resolution will bring us to victory”. It’s definitely not as catchy, and it won’t work as well on a t-shirt, but I thought I’d share it because this one also makes a good point. It’s important to face adversity with a smile whenever possible. Certainly don’t repress your feelings, but try not to stay with depression any longer than you have to. It just makes whatever you’re facing that much worse.
Your assignment, should you choose to accept it:
265. How do you feel about the “Keep Calm and Carry On” posters? Collect some quotes to motivate yourself when you’re feeling low. If you’re having a rough week, focus on one thing at a time and try to breathe. This too shall pass.