Quote from A Memory

Sometimes you learn mindfulness from 90s SNL.

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When I was about 15 or 16 years old, my friends were really into Saturday Night Live. I didn’t watch at the time, so I got the abbreviated version from them.

Believe it or not, one of these abbreviated SNL recaps was the match that lit mindfulness in me.

When the laughter and chatter died down a bit, one guy said, “Did you hear what he wrote on the mirror in the green room?”

No one answered.

‘He wrote, “You are the source of all your own problems,” on the mirror in red lipstick!”

That was it.  That was the ah-ha moment.

While everyone was laughing, I was committing those words to mind.  When I got home that afternoon, I wrote the quote on my mirror in black marker.

You are the source of all your own problems.

It was so simple. If I am the source of all my own problems, then I am in control of those problems.

This quote is one of the reasons that as a teenager I did not start the habit of beating myself up with negative thoughts or speech.

You read that correctly. I do not think to myself, “You are so stupid.”  I do not look at myself in the mirror and say, “You are ugly.  You are fat.”  Instead, I

Instead, I know I am intelligent and capable.  I know I am beautiful.  No self-talk needed when you know.  Just love and appreciate for this organic machine.

Why?   Because I’m in charge of my life. Because at the end of the day, I’m the source of all my own problems.   The fewer problems I create for myself, the better time I have in life.

I know that putting a quote like this on the mirror will not do the same thing for everyone.  I feel very lucky for whatever pixie dust was sprinkled on the moment I heard it because it gave a teenage girl confidence, ovaries, control, boss mentality, or whatever you want to call it!

Find the thing that makes you feel like the center of the universe and wrap yourself up in it!  Quotes, books, blogs, whatever.

Just remember:  Know isn’t enough.  You have to know and apply.


I have no idea who wrote that message on the mirror. If you know who that comedian was in the late 90s, please leave a comment below.

Where have you found inspiration to be more mindful? Maybe at the deli? Maybe in a gas station bathroom?   Share your mindfulness stories below as well.

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