Seize Your Dream in 20-16!
by Cate Murway

Another year gone by; they sure do go quickly.
Say goodbye to the old year and walk powerfully into the new one.

Beneath all that New Year’s Eve glitter and sparkle is an ancient holiday steeped with deep spiritual roots. For centuries, and in quite similar ways, people have been observing the end of one year and the beginning of another as the perfect time to review - and renew - life, a time to look forward and back.
Since the Winter Solstice, one of the "two gates" of the year, is a turning point of the year, the beginning of the lengthening of the days, it has long been viewed as the birth of the year, celebrating the return of the Sun, and by Christians, welcoming the birth of the Son of God. These days, nestled between Solstice and the New Year, are perceived as a magical, luminous time period, when anything can be possible.

Were you ready to greet 2016? It was ready to greet you……
“well... it is almost that time, and I decided to start my commitment early, my goals for 2016 will be simple, Get a better income, a new car and my own living place. went and looked at some education and saw a posting for a job that I can do sooooo Here goes this list!!! Come on 2016.”   Fred Brehm, Levittown

It's nice to have a plan, or at least a dream or a goal that you hope to achieve.
So what is your dream for 20-16?

“…..happiness.”  Helen Goins Katy, TX

“My dream is find a cure for cancer , find peace and happiness in the world and I would like for myself people forget the past and live in the present and just try to be there for each other, everyone has hard times just people need to respect each others’ issues and to understand them.”  Melissa Paolini, Bristol 

The period leading up to New Year's Day is a time for setting things straight: a thorough housecleaning, paying off debts, returning borrowed objects, reflecting on one's shortcomings, mending quarrels, giving alms.
In many cultures, people jump into the sea or a local body of water-literally washing the slate clean.

 “Beyond wishes for a safe and healthy family, my dream is that all elected officials in Bristol Borough double their efforts to put personal differences aside and work together for the good of our community and schools.” 
Author William “Bill” Pezza, Bristol

“My dream is that we learn to concentrate on what is right about our world and use that knowledge to help correct the problems.” Jeannette “Jan” Ruano, Bristol

“A healthy and happy new year to all family and friends.” Ilona Keller Kane, Holland, PA

“Debt free! Healthy, happy, and a great career going!!!”  photographer/ RE agent, Coleen McCrea Katz, Havertown

“Good health for my family.” Irene M. Kazan, Holland, PA

“That all wars that our troops are engaged in would come to an end this year......Enough.....”
Veteran Charles H. Rees Sr., Chester

“My dream is to keep improving for the team and to run in college.” 
VJM track captain, Katie Schramm ’17, Philadelphia

“My dream for 2016 is to be able to watch the daily news on TV without having to hear and see about multiple gun violence taking place in our country.”  Author/ historian Harold Mitchener, Bristol

“Health for my family. Cancer remission for my friend Peggy's son, Sean. Peace so we don't have to send our children to war anymore.”  Lena Souza, Levittown

“My dream is to have good health for me and for my family. Wealth, just enough to get by and to support those in need.” Raquel Vertucio, Bristol

“A year full of good health, A little bit more wealth, Or a little bit less debt. And above all else Lots of visits from the grandchildren. ... yeah, that'll work.”  Bill Slack, Hudson, FL

“Just enough to pay house taxes, ‘n bills, ‘n stay healthy.”  Virginia Burton, Bristol

“Health, cancer free family members, peace.” Maureen E. MacGrath Williams, Lecanto, FL

“Good health for me & family. Lots of patience & strength! Less debt. Little bit of wealth!”
Christine Phillips, Yardley

“I dream of a time when people in America (regardless of differences of opinion) will show respect to each other with their choice of words and actions. After all, we ARE Americans first.”  "Eddy" [Pastor Ed] Jones, Milton, DE

January opens with promise and great expectations and the chance to renew focus, reboot routines and perhaps reinvent oneself just a tad. Sure sounds like a valid cause for celebration.

May this New Year be the one, where lots of dreams come true; 
so with a joyful heart, let’s start this year anew. 
P.S. Don’t drop the ball! It was already done at midnight on the 31st.

Sending wishes for a peaceful and happy New Year, rich with the blessings of love, joy, warmth, and laughter.

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