What is your unique slogan? Those words that shape your life? Mine is easy: "Celebrate Life."
In an inspiration-filled book entitled, The Right Words at the Right Time (2002), award-winning actress and bestselling author Marlo Thomas shares the life slogans of others in a collection of autobiographical essays.
Muhammad Ali's slogan, born from a teacher who once told him he would never amount to anything, is G.O.A.T= "Greatest of All Time." Ali said: "I knew it was true when I was twelve years old." Haven't we seen him live those words with pride and spirit?
For inspirational cancer-survivor Lance Armstrong, who goes to bed every night looking forward to waking up the next day, his motto has become "Tomorrow is the first day of the rest of your life." No wonder he continues to achieve greatness.
Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos learned his greatest truth about life from his grandfather who said: "You'll learn one day that it's much harder to be kind than clever." Bezos has tried to live that gift of wisdom ever since.
And Marlo Thomas' own slogan has been "Run your own race, Baby," words of wisdom from her father, entertainer Danny Thomas, about thriving beyond his creative shadow. Her poignant story alone is worth the price of the book.
"I thank my father for all his words that continue to live in my heart," she said.
Marlo has been such a positive role model for generations. First, as the star of That Girl, a pioneering sitcom that ran from 1966 to 1971. And as the creator of Free to Be You and Me, an unforgettable book, record album, and television show that celebrated feminism and self-esteem.
Always, she has urged and inspired us to "live what you believe." Pass it on...