Something, or rather someone, got me thinking last night. I was thinking about buying a stamp for marking my property in e.g. books that I've bought, along with business cards for myself and my site. I didn't want to only put down my name on the stamp, so I asked and wondered what was nice to add as text. And then I was asked, what's your motto? Surely, a question this short couldn't be too hard to answer, yet I was completely blank as if I had never seen a motto or good quote in my life.
For all the people who don't know what a motto is, or for the people merely interested in what the dictionary has to say about it, here you go: a motto is a short sentence or phrase expressing a belief or aim of a person or group. It's a by origin Italian word meaning "word".
Looking at the description, you would think I was looking for a short sentence telling the world what exactly I believe in, or what my aim is in this life. How on earth can one possibly express their believes or aims in one short sentence, I would ask. It's not done, it's improbable and impossible. Maybe for people who don't believe in a lot of different things, maybe for people who don't believe in complicate stuff, maybe for people who don't want to achieve too much in life, but that's just not me. What I believe, and what I aim to do in life will never fit in one little phrase, let alone in a single word, as the Italian origin would propose.
This left me looking for words, browsing through phrases and contemplating my opinion about life, we all know that that will already take me ages to explain, so I'm not even going to try and tell you what I thought. What I did realise, was that I already had some short sentences and phrases to demonstrate a vital part of my beliefs and general aim in life. The first one is the very name of this site, Mara Visaya. I didn't make it up myself, and it actually means something in a weird language (although I'm not precisely sure it's the correct grammar etc. but I don't really care as it sounded good). Mara Visaya, as now explained on the homepage of this site, means "my curiosity". I fully intend to live my life the best I can, while keeping my curious mind and wonders about this world. The small things in life shouldn't be forgotten as they are much more important than some of the big things in life. Remember that, and you're already halfway there.
The second one is a longer one, it's "Don't let yourself regret the things you didn't do", interpreted in two ways. First of all, people shouldn't be afraid and keep from doing what they want, because it's better to regret the things you did, than the things you didn't. The things you didn't do, will haunt you forever and you'll always regret them, unlike the things you did but shouldn't have done, as they are merely a lesson in life. Secondly, people shouldn't regret the things they didn't do. I see it too often that people feel bad for things other people have done. What is the use of that? You have enough things to regret of yourself, don't add other people's actions to your own believed faults.
The third is Hye Won Hye, meaning that which cannot burn, or rather the phrase that goes with it, Hye Wonnhye, meaning "he who burns, be not burned". It is the symbol of imperishability (being resistant to decay) and endurance. It's endless, forgiveness and toughness. The symbol got its meaning from traditional priests that were able to walk on fire without burning their feet. It's an inspiration to other to endure and overcome difficulties. I believe it teaches people to see that the mind is much stronger as we are used to believe it is, and that by the strength of your own mind, you can overcome the most difficult and painful things, either physical like the priests, or psychological. This last one goes with an Adinkra symbol, as shown in the picture. This shall be my motto if not all three can be. It's also going to be the tattoo I want to have, but don't know yet when that will happen..
I hope to continue this alphabet like I planned, which means every day one letter. This break was hopefully only temporary.