Archived Quotes from December 2020

Being prepared for loss is never the same as being ready for it. ~~ Randy K. Milholland

 During my years of being close to people engaged in changing the world, I have seen fear turn into courage.  Sorrow into joy.  Funerals into celebrations.  Because whatever the consequences, people, standing side by side, have expressed who they really are, and that ultimately they believe in the love of the world and each other enough to be that. ~~ Alice Walker

 I have a sense of going my own way, and I don't really think much about whether it's going against the grain.  I don't really want to spend a lot of time worrying about how I am perceived by other people. ~~ Kathleen Collins



 It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters, in the end. ~~ Ursula K. LeGuin



What makes a plan capable of producing results is the commitment of key people to work on specific tasks. ~~ Peter F. Drucker 



When you are dancing with a bear, you have to make sure you don't get tired and sit down.  You've got to wait until the bear is tired before you get a rest. ~~ Joycelyn Elders



I exercise in the morning before my brain figures out What I'm doing. ~~ Marsha Doble



The salvation of this human world lies nowhere else than in the human heart, in the human power to reflect, in human meekness and human responsibility. ~~ Vaclev Havel



Character is like a tree and reputation is its shadow.  The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing. ~~ Abraham Lincoln



Anyone who says he is not emotional is not getting what he should out of life. ~~ Ezer Weizman



Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day. ~~ Sally Koch



A time like this demands

Strong minds, great hearts, true faith and ready hands!

Men whom the lust of office does not kill,


Men whom the spoils of office cannot buy, 

Men who possess opinions and a will,

Men who love honor, men who cannot lie.

~~ J. G. Holland [This is a 19th century poem and reflects the conventions of the time.  Read "men" as "men and women" or "Those" and this is a timeless thought.]



It takes a long time to become young. ~~ Pablo Picasso


In this world, a good time to laugh is any time you can. ~~ Linda Ellerbee



I grew up in a gentler, slower time.  When Ike was president, Christmases were years apart, and now it's about five months from one to the next. ~~ Garrison Keillor



The office Christmas party is a great opportunity to catch up with people you haven't seen for twenty minutes.  ~~ Julius Sharpe 


Christmas plays games with us every year.  Ready or not, here it comes. ~~ Linda Poindexter



There's something about a Christmas sweater that will always make me laugh. ~~ Kristen Wiig



You know you're getting old when Santa starts looking younger. ~~ Robert Paul



Christmas shopping:  Wouldn't it be wonderful to find one gift that you didn't have to dust, that had to be used right away, that was practical, fit everyone, was personal and would be remembered a long time?  I penciled in "Gift certificate for a flu shot." ~~ Erma Bombeck



What is Christmas?  It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. ~~ Agnes M. Pharo 



A Christmas candle is a lovely thing;

It makes no noise at all,

But softly gives itself away; 

While quite unselfish, it grows small.

~~ Eva K. Logue



Into this climate of fear and apprehension, Christmas enters,

Streaming lights of joy, ringing bells of hope, 

And singing carols of forgiveness high up in the bright air.

The world is encourage to come away from rancor,

Come the way of friendship.

~~ Maya Angelou



It's true, Christmas can feel like a lot of work, particularly for mothers.  But when you look back on all the Christmases in your life, you'll find you've created family traditions and lasting memories.  Those memories, good and bad, are really what help to keep a family together over the long haul. ~~ Caroline Kennedy



This time has been difficult for all of us, but when Christmas comes, we must do our best to enjoy it. ~~ The Nutcracker and the Four Realms [movie]



Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. ~~ Oprah Winfrey



For eleven months and maybe about twenty days each year, we concentrate upon the shortcomings of others, but for a few days at the turn of the New Year, we look at our own.  It is a good habit. ~~ Arthur H. Sulzberger



The birthplace of a new year is in the heart of hope. ~~ Munia Khan



Life goes by so very fast, my dears, and taking the time to reflect, even once a year, slows things down.  We zoom past so many seconds, minutes, hours, killing them with the frantic way we live, that it's important we take at least this one collective sigh and stop, take stock, and acknowledge our place in a time before diving back into the melee.  Midnight on New Year's Eve is a unique kind of magic where, just for a moment, the past and the future exist at once in the present.  Whether we're aware of it or not, as we count down together to it, we're sharing the burden of our history and committing to the promise of tomorrow. ~~ Hillary DePiano



Sometimes it feels like there are so many things in this world we can't control.  Earthquakes, floods, reality shows... But it's important to remember the things that we can.  Like forgiveness, second chances, fresh starts... Because the one thing that turns the world from a longing place to a beautiful place... is love.  Love and any of its forms.  Love gives us hope... Hope for the new year.  ~~ Josh Duhamel [from 2011 movie, New Year's Eve]  



New Year's is another opportunity of seeing life with a little more caring, compassion, maturity and beauty. ~~ Amit Ray