“Peace on earth
will come to stay
when we live Christmas every day.”
~Helen Steiner Rice

 

I’ve talked with more women in the last month who agree with me—this year has flown by faster than any year before this.  It felt like six months instead of twelve. I get it—as we mature, times seems to fly.  I’m in that mature category.

We’re busy people. We cram more into our days so we can feel more productive. I’m in that category, too.

What I know for sure is this: if I don’t get more discerning about what I choose to do, who I choose to spend time with and how much time I spend recharging my own batteries, next year January will merge right into December, and I’ll really be upside down!

I’ll be just like this kitty in the picture. Does any of this resonate with you?

As I was thinking about this phenomenon of time passing so quickly, I wondered what it would take to get me to slow down for a moment, get into the spirit of the season and feel motivated to make every moment count—now and in the future.

When I wonder about things like this, I seek inspiration from others.  I know I’m not alone in this journey.  I know I’m not the first to be perplexed by life situations that turn me upside down (and sometimes inside out).  I know that others have shared their wisdom so I could be uplifted.

So, I searched online for Inspiration for the Season. It’s where I need to start.  I found some quotes that resonated with me and I thought I’d share them so you can be uplifted, too.

I wrote these in my journal so I could keep them and refer back when I needed a new lift.  As I did so, it seemed they fell into a few categories, which helped me hone in on where I need inspiration the most …

 

On What Christmas is

Starting with the basics.

“Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.”
~Edna Ferber

“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind.”
~Calvin Coolidge

Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.”
~Dale Evans Rogers

“What is Christmas? It is the tenderness of the past, courage for the present, and hope for the future.”
~Agnes M. Pahro

 

On Spirit in Action

These thoughts about Christmas help me realize that I have choices about the actions I take and how I feel in doing them. What do they bring up for you?

“The Christmas spirit is a spirit of giving and forgiving.”
~James Cash Penney

“I wish we could put some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month.”
~Harlan Miller

Here’s an inspirational DIY idea for 2019 to do before the year ends: Write down 365 inspiring words and phrases that resonate with you on little pieces of paper, put them in a jar and open one each day through the year. I’d call it “Christmas in a Jar.”

“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”
~Charles Dickens

“Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.”
~Peg Bracken

 

On Doing for Others

Finding ways to step outside ourselves so we can share our gifts—not just in the season, but beyond—takes us to a whole new level of spirit.

“Christmas is forever, not for just one day. For loving, sharing, giving are not to put away.”
~Norman Wesley Brooks

“The joy of brightening other lives becomes for us the magic of the holidays.”
~W. C. Jones

“There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we’re here for something else besides ourselves.
~Eric Sevareid

 

On the Magic of the Season

I believe in magic. I believe things happen for a reason. I believe there is Divine Intervention and the Universe knows what He is doing. These inspiring quotes are a few reminders.

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.
~Norman Vincent Peale

“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.”
~Hamilton Wright Mabie

 

From the Heart

This is my favorite view—from the heart.

“Christmas is a piece of one’s home that one carries in one’s heart.”
~Freya Stark

It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.
~W. T. Ellis

“Every gift which is given, even though it be small, is in reality great if it is given with affection.”
~Pindar

“Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.”
~Washington Irving

On Christmas and Love

The words are simple. The messages are deep.

“Remember this December, that love weighs more than gold.”
~Josephine Daskam Bacon

“Love the giver more than the gift.”
~Brigham Young

“Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance—a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved.
~Augusta E. Randel

I know that last one is true for me. I’m remembering my two brothers this first Christmas since they are both gone from my earthly world. Remembering all the wonderful times we shared—feeling so grateful to have been so well loved by them—and feeling sad, too. And then there is remembering Harley, my red-haired fur-baby

And, My All-time Favorite…

 

“Christmas doesn’t come from a store.
Maybe Christmas perhaps
means a little bit more.”
~Dr. Seuss

 

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