I think it would be fair to assume that you have the occasional day when you feel that the sky is falling in. Global events and the world financial markets are creating anxiousness and a sense of helplessness. Where can we look for reassurance?
In 1939 on the eve of war, the British Government’s Ministry of Information produced three posters, one of which was “Keep Calm and Carry On.” Two and a half million copies of this poster were printed for distribution, only in the event of an imminent German invasion. Fortunately, they were not distributed, but the discovery of an old poster has resulted in unexpected resonance. Tens of thousand of copies have been sold, along with mugs, T-shirts, and tea towels. The message, it seems, is an effective tonic for modern anxieties, as it was for those who endured the Blitz.
A reassuring message
With the uncharted waters of the economic downturn, the “Keep Calm and Carry On” slogan has come into its own since the autumn of 2008. The poster has come to represent our current predicament with even the BBC asking the question, “Is this the greatest motivational poster ever?” So, in an age of recession and information overload, words of comfort and wisdom can be found in the “Keep Calm and Carry On” book of quotations. Covering quotations of both Calm and Carry On, they capture the spirit and brevity of the first, reassuring instruction.