Just for fun today, I want to call out the “Keep Calm…” series of motivational phrases that are floating around. I love the original one, “Keep Calm and Carry On”, the best. Lately I see so many variations of this expression used a LOT, for EVERYTHING, and only about 60% of the time does it seem used in a logical context. It’s a total free-for-all now! Here are my favorites, as well as some “Keep Calm” phrase fails (in my humble opinion). Also, a few that I’ve made up for my family that I would like to trademark!
(In case you’re interested, here’s a bit about where this expression started. Keep Calm and Carry On was a motivational poster produced by the British government in 1939 and was intended to raise the morale of the British public. It was rediscovered in 2000 and quickly became a commercial sensation.)
So here are a few of my faves.
I don’t have an image of this one, but I read it somewhere and loved it:
Keep calm and delete them from your friends list!
And how about a few fails… These are just giant question marks for me. It seems the thought these days is take anything, preface it with “Keep Calm” and you’re good. It doesn’t have to make sense.
Hmmm… More power to ya. Now I’d like to coin a few of my own versions of this for my children. Like these:
When they are arguing over a toy:
Keep calm, we have 1,324 other toys to play with.
When my youngest screams for me across the house:
Keep calm, I’m just one room away and you can speak to me like a normal person.
When they don’t want to eat their vegetables:
Keep calm, yesterday you ate dirt in the backyard.
For my husband when he can’t find something:
Keep calm, it’s right under your nose.
What “Keep Calm” phrases would you like to coin for your kids? For your husband? For your boss? Tell us!