John William Godward. Summer Idleness: Day Dreams. Wikimedia Commons.
“Dreams come true. Without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.”
- Thank you all so much for following and supporting my blog during 2020. I wish all my readers, in the UK and across the world, a healthy, happy and peaceful 2021. I hope that all your dreams will come true this year.
Marc Chagall – The Bride and Groom of the Eiffel Tower (Les mariés de la Tour Eiffel)  Gandalf’s Gallery. Flickr.
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
- Let us hope that the vaccine will successfully control this dreadful global virus, and that we can all look forward to resuming our full lives after Spring has come.
Cosmo Clark – French People Talking and Drinking . Gandalf’s Gallery. Flickr.
- Although we still have some darkness to face through the winter months, and some painful memories of this tragic year, the hope is that, as the flowers and trees once more come into leaf and bloom, our lives will begin to unfold as well!
“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.”
Cottage Garden. Klimt. Wikimedia Commons.
- Today, as the New Year approaches, the messages in my post lean towards the hopeful and contain some promise of new growth and life.
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- In this post, I will continue last week’s theme, and include quotations from the year’s posts, and from Twitter, along with some illustrative artworks.
- So now, please take some time out, relax, and I hope you enjoy once again my quotes, words and images……….
Edward Hopper – Chop Suey  Gandalf’s Gallery. Flickr.
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
Jules Breton – Friends [1873}Gandalf’s Gallery. Flickr.
“One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.”
“Go easy on yourself. Whatever you do, let it be enough.”
“But this revolutionary act of treating ourselves tenderly can begin to undo the aversive messages of a lifetime.”
Laurence Stephen Lowry – Home from the Pub . Gandalf’s Gallery. Flickr.
- Perhaps this year, we will be able to celebrate, to rejoice, to have street parties. But we must first be aware that the virus has not gone, and not get too carried away before the vaccine is more widely available.
“Hope is not found in a way out but a way through.”
Pierre-Auguste Renoir – Near the Lake [1879-80]. Gandalf’s Gallery.
“I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.”
Bill Jacklin – The Boardwalk Gandalf’s Gallery. Flickr.
“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”
John Costigan – The Bathers. Gandalf’s Gallery. Flickr.
“We sense that ‘normal’ isn’t coming back, that we are being born into a new normal: a new kind of society, a new relationship to the earth, a new experience of being human.”
- I know there are some people who do not feel that they want the vaccine, and do not trust the science, but I am most certainly not one of them.
- I cannot wait to be released from the half-life, that, as an over seventies woman, the pandemic has imposed on me and so many others, physically and emotionally.
“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”
“In the storm, our only anchor is hope.”
“Hope holds you fast like an anchor so you don’t give way.”
“Hold on, the dawn is coming.”
Emil Nolde – Zinnias and Hollyhocks  Gandalf’s Gallery. Flickr.
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
“We saw the risk we took in doing good,
But dared not spare to do the best we could.”
“At the end of the day we can endure much more than we think we can.”
Majid Arvari – Ray of Light Gandalf’s Gallery. Flickr.
know the past.
Let it touch you.
Octavia E. Butler.
Deborah Azzopardi – Freebird 
“Freedom is what you do with what’s been done to you.“
“Even in the mud and scum of things, something always, always sings.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
- And finally……..
“With Love From Midnight.
By Nikita Gill.
When the day’s mistakes
are too much to bear,
when everything feels
like devastation beyond repair, remind yourself:
how mystical it is that everyday,
the clocks reset to 00.00
the reason they say
midnight is the witching hour
is because new day rises
from the ashes of the old, embers breathe new life to its fire,
giving us a chance to mend,
a chance to restore
all that is broken
and what you thought was lost.”
(From ”Wild Embers.‘ Nikita Gill. 2017. Orion Books)
Magnificent Sunrise. Svendsgaard Kurt,Wikimedia Commons.
Next week’s post, the first of 2021, is entitled:
‘Why You Absolutely Need To Value Every Moment, Here And Now!’
I have a whole host of new and interesting posts for 2021. I look forward to your feedback.
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