Apocalypse, Musings

Mantras for 2020

We are halfway through the year, and nothing has gone the way we thought it would. In an effort to process all that has happened in the past months, I collected and recorded what I’m calling Mantras for 2020. These are sayings that reflect the times as well as provide encouragement. I am more aware than ever how my perception of reality and my internal monologues affect my wellbeing, and wellbeing is hard to come by in 2020.

Some of these I wrote, some I picked up from current events, and some I collected from my colleagues and friends on Twitter. If a mantra is credited, you can find that contributor by clicking the hyperlink or searching the given handle on Twitter.


Wash your hands.

Wear a mask.

Flatten the curve.

Educate yourself.

Black lives matter.


It is not who is right, but what is right, that is important.

Choose people who choose you.

Take care of yourself.

Take care of each other.

You’re exactly where you’re supposed to be.


It will all be over soon. Bad days can feel like an eternity, but they’re merely a blip on humanity’s timeline.

It, too, will pass.

You can do hard things.

Fears aren’t facts.

“Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” Dune, by Frank Herbert

Breathe in faith.
Breathe out fear.
Monica Clem

Be adaptable.

Something is better than nothing. Make the best of what’s available and do the best we can while we’re able.

“Nothing is more important than that you see and love the beauty that is right in front of you, or else you will have no defense against the ugliness that will hem you in and come at you in so many ways.” Anathem, by Neal Stephenson.

The world belongs to those who dare.

You got it. You can do this!

All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.
Julian of Norwich


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