I saw this too late today to give anything tangible away. On the other hand, I did give a gift of my time to two colleagues who were looking for my support in various meetings that weren't originally on my schedule, and a gift of time to a student who needed some professional counseling.
I don't have a mantra. If anything, the phrases that get repeated in my head aren't healthy and need to go away.
Jane does most of the grocery shopping in our house. Early in our marriage, we used to split the duties, but as the more skilled food preparer of the two of us, Jane has much more specific opinions on what to acquire at the market than I. We've learned that if I go, Jane has to prepare the "husband list", which is the shopping list but with much greater detail (brand, size, other features) ... but, of course, that takes longer.
I do help out with some things ... I shop at Sam's Club (there's a couple of them near my common driving routes) for things we use in bulk quantities, so that helps ease the shopping burden a bit.
Both of us are "list shoppers". Go out, knock it down, kill it, drag it home.
Right now, I don't think there's anything I'm embarrassed to say I watch. Now, years ago ...
For me, it's "just". I had realized my overuse of that word some time ago, even before that particular word was singled out in several articles as being unworthy of common usage. I'm not sure how often I use it in spoken communications, but it crops up all the time in my conversational writing (email, blogging, etc.).
To each their own. I've never really been a fan of playing with hair styling. Of course, I've got little to speak of in that department; my dad was bald shortly after he graduated from high school, and I've got a marvelous case of "monk head" developing. But I've never though to alter the way my hair looks by doing anything other than natural adjustments (like growing my mustache). But that's my choice ... and others are free to create the public image they'd prefer.
I'm going to cheat here just a bit. My favorite sentence is from The Fellowship Of The Ring. Except that, well, I've never finished reading it. I've only seen the movies. (I know, I know, I know ... I keep starting it, and then something happens and I never finish.)
But I've seen the movies. And this is the scene where my sentence arises:
Frodo: I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.
Gandalf: So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All you have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to you.
While I was generally aware of the plotline of The Lord Of The Rings, having listened to an audiotape version of it years ago, I was absolutely stunned by this quote when I saw it in the theater for the first time. It came at a point in the middle of my mid-life crisis when I was heavily burdended with many things --- work life was hard, church life was hard, home life was doubly hard --- and I was severely discouraged. At that moment, I was Frodo --- and Gandalf's words were helpful to me as I sought to suck it up and try to get through just one more day.
I found a pile of unpaid medical bills a couple of days ago. Just something as simple as failing to pay a bill on time really makes me feel inadequate. I know, I know ... I am more than the things I do wrong, or the things I do right. But the easiest way to discourage me is to puncture my illusion of adequacy.