Keep Calm and Carry On

Recently I received a gift of note cards and on the front was the crown of England and the title “Keep Calm and Carry On.”  I absolutely loved the gift and that message, which I felt carried me through trials that occur in life.  We always hear when you are practicing emergency drills whether in our offices, on a cruise ship, fire drills, etc. to keep calm.  One night, while watching the opening ceremony of the Olympics that were being held in London this year.  The cameras panned to a sign in the field of the opening ceremony that said keep calm and carry on, the commentators then commented that this was significant to English history in that in World War II this was a poster produced by the Government of the United Kingdom in 1939.  This motto was intended to raise the morale of the British public in the event of a large-scale invasion or occupation.  The poster was destroyed, millions of them after the war and only a few survived.  Such a simple message, almost lost and now we are beginning to see a resurgence of this catchphrase.  Watching the Olympics, the athletes with their strong ability for focus, drive for excellence and unwavering persistence against all odds to win, this phrase took on a whole new meaning for many of those athletes that trained for years to succeed in their sport, no matter what occurs, continue on.

Think about how this phrase goes for our own daily lives, we are not in a competition as an Olympic athlete is, we are not facing and hope to ever face occupation as they did during WWII.  However, we face issues, surprises (pleasant and unpleasant) and things that affect us on a daily basis.  How should we act, what coping mechanisms do we utilize, physical, spiritual, mental?

We should remember this phrase “Keep Calm and Carry On.” Things can be difficult, but thinking with a clear head of what should and needs to be done will assure us that we are doing the right thing at the right time, positive motivation to help us through, no matter what. How do you keep calm and carry on? I would love to hear your thoughts!


About merianmilton

I am a mother of two beautiful girls and my husband and I live in Marianna, FL. I am the Eastern Region Director of Marketing for Covenant Hospice and absolutely love spreading the word about the excellent services of Covenant Hospice and taking care of patients and their families facing a life limiting illness.

2 Responses to “Keep Calm and Carry On”

  1. So glad to know the history of that phrase! True words, Merian!

  2. This is a wonderful phrase! Thank you for sharing!

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