Navigating the Holiday Waters with Wisdom

The name “Gandhi” is synonymous with non-violence. His ability to unite the people of India in their search for control is unparalleled. The name “Mahatma” in Sanskrit means “Great Soul.” This great soul’s wisdom shines through the ten quotes I have selected from Gandhi’s library of wisdom.

Why am I sharing them with you?

Because navigating the waters of our daily life is sometimes challenging, and during the holiday season, they can be downright choppy. Below are some of the “Great Soul’s” greatest quotes. May you find direction and comfort in them as you sail through this holiday season.

1. Freedom During the Holidays

Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.

2. Happiness with Friends and Family

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

3. Keeping the Faith

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.

 4. Forgiveness and Letting Go of Past Resentments/Family Healing

  An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.

 5. You Are in Control of Your Experiences

Nobody Can Hurt Me Without My Permission.

 6. Celebrating the One-ness of the Holi-days

God has no religion.

 7. Putting Our Best Foot Forward

Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.

 8. Changing Ourselves, Not Others

We must be the change we wish to see.

 9. Reaching Out to Others

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

10. Unconditional Love          

Whenever you are confronted with an opponent, conquer him with love.       

4 responses to “Navigating the Holiday Waters with Wisdom

  1. Thank you Laura for reminding me of what is most important during the holidays! I sometimes feel stressed being around some of my family, so I will remember “Changing Ourselves, Not Others” this year.


  2. Yes, Layla, the holidays can be a trigger for uncomfortable feelings, especially those feelings that we haven’t resolved with our others. With so many family-expectations, it’s no wonder that the rate of stress and depression peak during the holiday season.

    Thank you for your kind feedback. May we all remember Gandhi’s teachings during this time of the year, and beyond.


  3. Thank you for this Laura. Centering ourselves with the words of a man who lived so simply and so profoundly for the greatest good of all is truly a path to peace, inner and outer.

    • Thank you Laura, for sharing your kind thoughts. Gandhi’s teachings of compassion and tolerance continue to be a powerful influence. May you enjoy a wonderful holiday season.

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