Peace. Love. Joy.

Do you have a mantra,a frequently repeated word, formula, or phrase, often a truism? I do. It has been my personal focus for quite some time. I wrote it down and remind myself of it daily. Here it is.

Peace. Love. Joy.

Peace. I am at total peace with God, so I will be at peace with myself and others. I will be an influence for calm, rational, resolution oriented relationships.

 Love. I am unconditionally loved by God, so I will love myself and other people unconditionally. I know love is difficult and messy, but it is transformational.

 Joy. My standing with God and so many of my life circumstances give me legitimate reasons to be joyous, so I will look for the joy in everything I do. Since, great joy comes from being my truest self, I will pursue activities that reflect who God made me to be to encourage myself and others.

They things reflect what I need in my life, what I have struggled with throughout my life, and what I try to maintain or return to as personal characteristics. Since I don’t always reflect these virtues, they are admittedly somewhat aspirational, which is why I have to keep reminding myself of them.

Also, they cover all basic aspects of life and life’s relationships: how I relate to myself, others, and my circumstances.

They each have an internal and an external meaning. I figure if I keep the internal part somewhat on track, the external aspects can then also come into focus.

Lastly, they are wonderful personal aspirations or they can be a great blessing to desire for someone else.

I have had a lot of dealings with customer service representatives on the phone who often seem to reply with their mantra, no matter what I say. It seems I always have to repeat myself.

Perhaps my lesson from those frustrating encounters is that our mantra is something to keep coming back to, no matter what happens.

What’s your mantra?

About Glenn

Glenn Hager is a blogger, former newspaper columnist, and author of two books, An Irreligious Faith and Free Range Faith.
Bookmark the permalink.


  1. Peace. Love. Joy. I like it. Think I’ll use that too.

Leave a Reply