Sit down my friend, and I shall tell you a story.
The morning was like other mornings. I might have had a moody evening the night before, feeling overwhelmed with all I wanted done that wasn’t, and the unhappy things that I couldn’t fix. But then, we went to sleep and slept.
And the next morning arrived just like any weekday morning. My husband’s first alarm went and he stopped it, then his second alarm. He got up, got ready for work, came over to where I was smiling sleepily and kissed me goodbye. He grinned at me and said, “Now get up and make the world a better place today!” Then he cheerfully went off to work like he always does while I lay there blinking fuzzy eyes in surprise.
I mean really, what would happen if I actually did that? What if I pushed to the back of my mind whatever’s not quite right in my little world that I can’t fix. What if I just got up, shook the cares and worries off my shoulders and thought, “I can’t fix everything, but I am going to try to make my part of the world just a little bit better than it was yesterday!”
I mulled over the words the next few days. And eventually I made this lovely piece to hang on the wall across from our bed, so I’ll see the words first thing in the morning.
As for my husband, he promptly forgot he’d ever said it. Weeks later he was almost as intrigued as I was when I told him where the quote came from. Funny how such randomly profound words can come out of nowhere. 🙂
So if any of you want the reminder too, here’s the free printable for your very own use as well as a very short description of how I put it together. The skill level required for this project is basically none at all.
- This frame came from Hobby Lobby for
$24.99$12.49. Seriously, wait until the frames are 50% off, which they are every few weeks. Alternately, there’s always a 40% off coupon hanging around for regular priced items. And any other 10″ x 20″ frame should work fine too.
- The printable is designed for an 18″ x 24″ engineering print from Staples which comes in at $1.69. Highway robbery folks. Just make sure the orientation is in portrait mode when you order it. It will need to be cut down to 10″ x 20″, but I marked the outline on the printable so that’s simple enough.Click to Download
- For a sturdy backing, I bought a large sheet of white foam board from Dollar General for $1, that cheap stuff that’s used for displays, etc. Don’t use black foam board, the engineering print paper is just thin printing paper and dark colors will show through.
It’s up to you how you want to put it all together, there’s plenty of ways that would work. I went very simple, using what I had on hand. Some double stick tape attached the print to the foam board, then I carefully cut both the foam and paper along the marked edge to make it 10″ x 20″.
A bit of hot glue in the corners to glue it inside the frame and it was done. It’s not very heavy so I hung it with command strips, which are the next best thing to sliced bread.
And that’s all folks!
Now get up and go make the world a better place!Click To Tweet