I have a number of words I try to live by.
From the poem ‘Desiderata’ by Max Ehrmann: “In the noisy confusion of life, keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.”
From the preface to ‘The Time of Your Life’ by William Saroyan: “Place in matter and in flesh the least of the values, for these are the things that hold death and must pass away. Discover in all things that which shines and is beyond corruption.”
And from myself, from deep within myself, when faced with fears, doubts, anxieties, uncertainties and ambivalences, which are legion: “FUCK IT.”
I’ve ended up saying it in life a lot and in work a lot, and I’ve always found it very helpful.
Yes, “FUCK IT,” over the years, has always been pretty soothing.