There’s no way around it - 2020 has been a trying year for many all over the world. A lot of us have to work harder to get into the holiday spirit. We all deserve a cheerful respite from the fear and uncertainty of the past year, so find a reason for the season in these holiday quotes.
“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.” - Hamilton Wright Mabie
Goodwill, gifts, and a tendency to be just a little kinder? The holiday season is definitely a time where many express love and compassion more freely.
"Some Christmas tree ornaments do more than glitter and glow, they represent a gift of love given a long time ago." - Tom Baker
Reminiscing about your favorite holidays past can make a current holiday feel less lonely.
“Kindness is like snow. It beautifies everything it covers.” - Kahlil Gibran
In the Northern Hemisphere, the holiday season coincides with snow, lending a quiet beauty to many Christmases. No matter where you are, kindness does the same.
"And that, of course, is the message of Christmas. We are never alone. Not when the night is darkest, the wind coldest, the world seemingly most indifferent..." - Taylor Caldwell
A crucial part of our well-being is the understanding that everything is interconnected, and the holidays can make this feeling more accessible.
"It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving." - Mother Teresa
It’s easy to get caught up in going all-out during the gift-giving season. Mother Teresa isn’t emphasizing material gifts, but this quote certainly highlights the value of mindful gift-giving over any quantity of expensive gifts.
“Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall.” – Larry Wilde
Have you forgotten what it’s like to be a child? Many of our favorite holidays, with what we assumed were extravagant decorations and mountains of gifts, were worriedly put together by parents who were concerned they didn’t do enough and considered it a modest holiday.
“You can tell a lot about a person by the way they handle three things: a rainy day, lost luggage and tangled Christmas tree lights.” – Maya Angelou
Many life situations demand patience and acceptance, which is why we turn to mindfulness. Dr. Angelou knew that people who handle difficult moments mindfully are capable of finding the best solutions. Who will be watching you untangle the lights this year, and what will they learn about you from your reaction?
"Peace on earth will come to stay, when we live Christmas every day." - Helen Steiner Rice
How different would life be if we tried to retain the holiday spirit year-round? Many authors and philosophers have explored some variation of this concept. This year, perhaps more than others, can inspire us to move forward with grace, compassion, and a giving mindset.
Happy Holidays from Silent Mind. We wish you joy and look forward to another year of creating tools for inner peace.