Some Ways Of Thinking For 2021. By Dr Linda Berman

Summer_Idleness-_Day_Dreams_by_GodwardJohn William Godward. Summer Idleness: Day Dreams. Wikimedia Commons.

“Dreams come true. Without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.”

John Updike

  • 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.

28679124018_48026f4a88_oMarc Chagall – The Bride and Groom of the Eiffel Tower (Les mariés de la Tour Eiffel) [1928] Gandalf’s Gallery. Flickr.

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

  • 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.

49186618036_3ba726d70f_oCosmo Clark – French People Talking and Drinking [1953]. 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.”
 Og Mandino

588px-Klimt_bauerngartenCottage 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……….

31201858477_6f26de7eed_oEdward Hopper – Chop Suey [1929] 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.”
Leo Buscaglia

50448883823_a13866dce5_oJules 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.”

Tara Brach

49181178188_4d413ea34f_oLaurence Stephen Lowry – Home from the Pub [1944]. 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.”
Robert Frost

50235240238_61db98905b_oPierre-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.”
Ernest Hemingway

46310675964_a78593dff1_oBill Jacklin – The Boardwalk [1991]Gandalf’s Gallery. Flickr.

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”

Robert Frost.

48874254351_7d0b167c32_oJohn 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.”
Charles Eisenstein.

  • 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.”

Desmond Tutu

“In the storm, our only anchor is hope.”

 Lailah Gifty Akita

“Hope holds you fast like an anchor so you don’t give way.”
Philip Pullman

“Hold on, the dawn is coming.”

Charlie Mackesy.

49723176082_578655c649_oEmil Nolde – Zinnias and Hollyhocks [1938] 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.”
Nelson Mandela

“We saw the risk we took in doing good,

But dared not spare to do the best we could.”

Robert Frost.

“At the end of the day we can endure much more than we think we can.”

Frida Kahlo

5893536574_fdf8a7a57f_oMajid Arvari – Ray of Light [1999]Gandalf’s Gallery. Flickr.

“To survive,

know the past.

Let it touch you.

Then let

The past

Go. “

Octavia E. Butler.


Deborah Azzopardi – Freebird [2009]

Freedom is what you do with what’s been done to you.

Jean-Paul Sartre

“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_sunriseMagnificent 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.

If you enjoy my posts, do follow my blog!

©Linda Berman


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