Mantras and ScreenSaver Magic

“Time is a created thing.
To say ‘I don’t have
time’ is to say ‘I don’t want to.’”

—Lao Tzu

The quote above is the one that currently scrolls across my computer screen when it’s on power-save mode, waiting for me to come back to the keyboard. Reading it keeps me from wasting precious minutes, and resisting the urge to web surf when I should be doing something much more intentionally productive – that is, when I should ho’ohana. Random, unfocused time on the computer is high on my Stop Doing List these days.

Of all the magic my computers have come with over the years, that scrolling marquee feature may well be the longest-standing one I’ve never messed with. I change the quotes I use regularly, but the power of a well-chosen quote for my current intentions with moving forward is undeniable; they do move me toward certain action. Come to think of it, with all the time I spend on the computer (a LOT), you could very accurately say that the power of the well-chosen word is what does manage me whole days at a time.

These have been some of my favorites (and I frequently tend to be Gaga for Goethe);

“They may forget what you said,
but they will never forget how you made them feel.”

Carl Buchner

Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise.
Seek what they sought.

Matsuo Basho

Do you have any other suggestions for me?

If you use the same power-saver, what words are scrolling across your screen these days?

Kinda-sorta another talk-story about screens grabbing you:

I’m betting on the roses was my intro to this playful Fast Company Open Debate called Screen Grab between Kevin Roberts, Worldwide CEO, Saatchi & Saatchi, and Brian Collins, Executive creative director, Brand Integration Group, Ogilvy & Mather.

[according to FC]: The most powerful way to touch people is through screens.


  1. says

    I don’t think I’ve changed it in a month, but I use the marquee screen saver to keep me on task by either reminding me what I need to be doing, or to chastise me out of following a bad habit.
    For the past month, it’s read, “Little tasks need love, too.” I kept focusing on the big tasks, and completely forgetting the little routine ones that were necessary to keep me going.
    I need to change it, though.

  2. says

    Hello, Rosa! If I may be so bold as to suggest you check the “Great Quotes” category on Middle Zone Musings, you’ll find lots of inspiration – and possibly a few laughs as well – worth looking at from day to day.

  3. says

    Rosa, I too love the scrolling marque – I currently have a Gandhi quote scrolling by… “As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world… as in being able to remake ourselves.”
    That struck a chord with me a couple of weeks ago.
    I often revert to “Magic Happens” to remind myself to watch for miracles every day…
    I think it is now time for a change. Thanks for the prompt, I do tend to forget to change it!

  4. says

    Thank you everyone! I’ll be pumping it up with the frequency of my own updates as I use your great suggestions. Words and phrases are so powerful in our self-coaching, aren’t they?