Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Keep Calm and Carry On

You may be familiar with this saying. I was not until the day before I left for my trip. Those of you who were around me the last few weeks I was in the States are aware that my nerves were...well, let's just say I was rather apprehensive. (And rightly so, but I know that someday I will look back and laugh at myself...)Therefore, this saying had quite an effect on me and my perspective. And though I still have moments here when I wonder what I was thinking when I signed up for this trip, I remind myself to take it just a little bit at a time.

Keep Calm and Carry On.

I saw it on a journal in Barnes&Noble. I had no idea there was history to it. My sister, Analise, told me about it. I found it quite fascinating and wanted to share it with you.

War with Germany was inevitable for Great Britain in the spring of 1939, and the government, in an effort to quell the natural fears of the citizens, released a number of propaganda posters which reiterated the message from King George VI (hence the crown). He simply wanted to ensure the people that all measures would be taken to defend and protect the country. All that was left for the citizens to do was keep calm and carry on...

This poster was actually never officially released, and the saying therefore didn't circulate until a draft was discovered recently. Quite timely, at least for me.

So, whatever it is in your life that brings you worry or anxiety, just remember, sometimes all you can do is keep calm and carry on.

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