Last week I blogged about how my family couldn’t really “get it together” this holiday season. Food, presents, travel—you name it, we’ve agonized over it.
My rational self knows the holidays aren’t about any of those things; they’re trivial. Still, that knowledge doesn’t always stop me—or any of us—from stressing over them.
So, I’ve turned to what I often turn to when I need to focus—quotes—and compiled a list of 10 quotes that I believe will help each of us stay mindful during this holiday season. Whether you recognize Christmas, Hanukah, or another holiday celebration, I hope these quotes can bring some peace to an otherwise worried mind.
1. “He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.” – Roy L. Smith
2. “If you haven’t any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.” – Bob Hope
3. “The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.” – Burton Hillis
4. “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” – Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
5. “Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts.” – Janice Maeditere
6. “He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. ~Epictetus
7. “We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” – Thornton Wilder
8. “My socks may not match, but my feet are always warm.” – Maureen McCullough
9. “Do not take anything for granted—not one smile or one person or one rainbow or one breath, or one night in your cozy bed.” Terri Guillemets
Finally, for those of us who might not get along with every family member…
10. “Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not.” – Samuel Johnson