What a challenging year 2020 has been! But, despite the obstacles faced, we’ve gained a ton of meaningful insights. Everything from the importance of gratitude to the value of the people in our lives are critical lessons we learned over the past twelve months. In fact, many of us gained a deeper appreciation for things we had previously taken for granted.
To celebrate our growth and bring in the new year, we’re sharing twelve of our best quotes highlighting the collective journey we walked in 2020.
Quote 1: “She had tears in her eyes. Tears for the good in front of her. Tears for all she had lost. Tears for all the world had lost. Tears for the kindness she saw. Tears for the tiredness she felt. Tears for the community she craved. Tears for the family she missed. Tears for the simple gifts. And, yet, even with the tears she carried on. She loved, she gave, she showed up. She hoped, she dreamed. She carried on.” – Rachel Marie Martin
Quote 2: “Sometimes, many times, the growth hurts. But on the other side of the ache, there will be healing. And there will be strength.” – Unknown
Quote 3: “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” – Viktor Frankl
Quote 4: “Sometimes you have to let go of the picture of what you thought your life would be like and learn to find joy in the story you are actually living.” – Unknown
Quote 5: “No amount of regret changes the past. No amount of anxiety changes the future. But any amount of gratitude changes the present.” – Unknown
Quote 6: “I saw a quote that said: ‘Speak to people in a way that if they died the next day, you’d be satisfied with the last thing you said to them.’ And I can’t emphasize this enough.” – Unknown
Quote 7: “Tomorrow is not promised. Leave no apology or ‘I love you’ unsaid.” – Laura Fortenberry
Quote 8: “Smile with your eyes. Say thank you. Do the kind thing. People need that love more than you know.” – Laura Fortenberry
Quote 9: “If I’ve learned one thing this year, it’s that we have to be gentle with ourselves and others. We’re all tired and stressed. Be recklessly gracious.” – Laura Fortenberry
Quote 10: “Have you realized it yet? That nobody is missing the material things. We all miss the company of others, great conversations, and a hug. That’s what life is all about.” – Unknown
Quote 11: “All you can take with you is that which you’ve given a way.” – A Wonderful Life
“Lessons from 2020:
The world can change quickly.
Friends matter greatly.
Alone and lonely are different.
Learn from the past.
The small moments are beautiful.
Kindness is a great gift.
Optimism is priceless.
Heroes truly exist.
Give back generously.
Never stop trying.
Reach out to those you love.
Live with bravery.”
-Rachel Marie Martin