Eliot Hodgkin – A Christmas Present  Gandalf’s Gallery. Flickr.
It has become my Christmas custom on Ways Of Thinking, to choose for you all some of the most pertinent quotes from the past year, along with some seasonal images and beautiful depictions of winter.
The year 2020 has sadly stood out for very difficult and painful reasons; we have struggled with the pandemic since March, and it continues.
We do now have some hope that the vaccine will bring an end to this awfulness, and that 2021 may turn out to be a better year for us all.
I offer these quotes and images to provide food for thought at the end of this most challenging of years. My wish is that you may see them as a gift, offered with love and hope as the year draws to a close.
Perhaps they will bring you some warmth and insight and, maybe, some new Ways of Thinking to carry forward into the New Year.❤️
Whistler. Nocturne. Grey, Gold, Chelsea, Snow. Wikimedia Commons.
“It’s a little embarrassing that after 45 years of research & study, the best advice I can give people is to be a little kinder to each other.”
“The greatest magic you have is the courage you go digging for, when your world falls apart, the light you still hold, when everything has grown dark.”
The Garden In Winter. Gauguin. Wikiart.
Garden in Louveciennes in Snow. Sisley. Wikiart.
Nobody can be sure they’re always right.
The ones who are fullest of themselves that way
Are the emptiest vessels.”
The Lone Wolf. Alfred Kowalski. Wikimedia Commons.
“Some days I am more wolf than woman and I am still learning how to stop apologising for my wild.”
Gauguin. Pont-Aven Sous la Neige, ou Effet de Neige. Wikimedia Commons.
“Having worked in psychotherapy with many couples over the years, I have discovered that, if each can see the child self of the other, they often tend to soften and become more compassionate towards their partner.”
Dr. Linda Berman.
“One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.”
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Gauguin. Christmas Night. 1894. Flickr.
“Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.”
Robert H. Schuller.
“Only the wounded healer can truly heal.”
Irvin D. Yalom
Lionel Bulmer – Footpath in the Snow  Gandalf’s Gallery. Flickr.
“Whatever happens to you, you can either see it as a curse and suffer it, or you can see it as a blessing and make use of it.”
“Be careful when you cast out your demons that you don’t throw away the best of yourself.”
Carl Larsson – Open Air Painter  Gandalf’s Gallery. Flickr.
“Don’t dismiss the elements. Water soothes and heals. Air refreshes and revives. Earth grounds and holds. Fire is a burning reminder of our own will and creative power. Swallow their spells. There’s a certain sweet comfort in knowing that you belong to them all.”
Alois Hans Hubner. Morgendämmerung. 1900. Wikimedia Commons.
“When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago.”
“Be where you are, otherwise you will miss your life.”
Millais. ‘Christmas Eve.’ Flickr.
“Birds are the uttered thought of trees.”
Carol Ann Duffy.
“Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.”
“Trees are soothing and palliative, offering us their peace and their quiet whisperings when we are sad or isolated.”
Dr Linda Berman.
Edouard Cortes – Arc de Triomphe, Paris Winter. Gandalf’s Gallery. Flickr.
“This world is but a canvas to our imagination.”
Henry David Thoreau
“Love is really the only thing we can possess, keep with us, and take with us.”
TO MY EXPANDING GROUP OF READERS AND FOLLOWERS, HAVE A SAFE AND PEACEFUL CHRISTMAS!
SENDING A VERY BIG THANK YOU TO YOU ALL. ALTHOUGH 2020 HAS BEEN EXTREMELY TRYING FOR EVERYONE IN DIFFERENT WAYS, FOR ME IT HAS ALSO BEEN A YEAR IN WHICH MY BLOG HAS HAD A RECORD NUMBER OF RETWEETS, LIKES AND VIEWS.
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MAY 2021 BRING YOU HEALTH, PEACE AND HAPPINESS AND SOME WONDERFUL THOUGHTS -WHEREVER YOU LIVE IN THE WORLD.