The heart and soul of Christmas is gratitude.
If we’re lucky (?) enough to be Living On The Far Side Of 55, we’ve learned that gratefulness brings us peace and soothes our thoughts.
When Do You Count Your Blessings?
I try to stop and remember some of my many blessings, whenever I catch myself whining about something or another, that I can’t do anything about.
That’s more often an occasion than I care to own…
Because I figure we’ve more in common, than not, the following might inspire you too:
There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy… Ralph H. Blum
Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things… Robert Brault
Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for… Epicurus
Forget yesterday – it has already forgotten you. Don’t sweat tomorrow – you haven’t even met. Instead, open your eyes and your heart to a truly precious gift – today… Steve Maraboli
Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some… Charles Dickens
A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not…Seneca
The only people with whom you should try to get even with are those who have helped you… John E. Southard
Gratitude is one of the sweet shortcuts to finding peace of mind and happiness inside. No matter what is going on outside of us, there’s always something we could be grateful for… Barry Neil Kaufman
For The Road…
While we’re doing it, here’s some notable Christmas sayings:
Christmas gift suggestions: to your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect… Oren Arnold
My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that… Bob Hope
The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live… George Carlin
What I don’t like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day… Phyllis Diller
Oh, for the good old days when people would stop Christmas shopping when they ran out of money… Author Unknown
The one thing women don’t want to find in their stockings on Christmas morning is their husband…The late, Great, Joan Rivers
Christmas at my house is always at least six or seven times more pleasant than anywhere else. We start drinking early. And while everyone else is seeing only one Santa Claus, we’ll be seeing six or seven… WC Fields
Christmas is for children. But it is for grownups too. Even if it is a headache, a chore, and nightmare, it is a period of necessary defrosting of chill and hide-bound hearts… Lenora Mattingly Weber
At Christmas, all roads lead home… Marjorie Holmes
Children sleeping, snow is softly falling
Dreams are calling like bells in the distance
We were dreamers not so long ago
But one by one we all had to grow up
When it seems the magic’s slipped away
We find it all again on Christmas day… Josh Groban
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!