What is it about the year-end? Makes us face our fears and disappointments, and count our hopes again like pieces of treasure in the palm? The seasons herald change as they fold into one another, but the calendar shows us we don’t cycle in place. We wheel forward—birthdays, anniversaries, “three years since” all touchstones across memory and longing, markers of time that leave no one unaffected. The Eve of all is a live wire between the past and future and with the turn of the year, we cross a mental threshold.
For some of us it’s simple math, only so many grains of sand left in the hourglass. We seek to balance the equation, weigh our dreams against the run of time. But it’s more than a race with the clock. No matter our age or station or story, the height of the new year holds out a second chance. We hope for better, of our life and of our self, because to be human means to grow. In character, strength, achievement there is room for more and we seize fresh opportunity. So we turn our feet toward our dreams, reset our compass to the hope of our winter sun.
189 thoughts on “We Dream Again”
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Beautifully written. I sense a little bit of a different voice. Slightly removed from the everyday.
“Slightly removed from the everyday.” Oh, I love that, J. Now THAT is reading. Thanks so much, loyal friend.
My best to you and yours this year.
I always enjoy your writing, Diana. You give me many ideas and thoughts to ruminate upon and I always take something away from your blog. Thank you, and Happy New Year ❤
So sweet. I appreciate the thoughtful feedback, B, and look fwd to what you have for us this yr, too.
Thank you! ❤ I can only hope it will be as wonderful as yours!
In your own way. Just be yourself. *wink*
As I told some readers, resolutions per se were never my thing. And regret is exactly what I hope to avert. We should choose our sufferings wisely.
I’ve seen that clock in real life 😀
Niiiice!! Ok, very cool, buddy. You took your own shot of it, yes?
Think I have a little video of it, if it’s the same one that has a song and a dance once a day !
I’m about to put out “7 Mental Habits of Highly Effective Bloggers”.
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Happy 2015! Thank you for being you, and for your inspiring and very interesting posts!
New year greetings 🙂 Hope you have a good year ahead.
Thanks. Same to you. =)
Lovely post as usual Diana, and we all like a fresh start. I try to remember though, that each moment is another fresh start in its own way. Happy New Year.
Thank you for the ongoing support.
Happy new yr.
I love this post, so many truths. I was just thinking how happy I am that someone, somewhere once decided that we should celebrate the turn of a year. And I love that it has become a symbol of rebirth, providing us with a moment to redeem ourselves and make changes.
Such a beautiful summation of the post: “providing us with a moment to redeem ourselves and make changes.” I was saying that no one has to tell us the time is again at hand for us to seize. It is nature’s offer of the redeeming start you speak of. We are all caught up in it.
Yes, another trip around the sun!
In yoga the other day, they had us do some meditating and had us pick a word for us to work on for the new year to focus on – basically the first word that popped in our heads. What would yours be?
“Yes, another trip around the sun!”
Yeah, I see a lot of people are picking their WoY (word of the year). Aw, don’t make me think any harder than I already do. Brain’s gonna crack and I won’t be able to blog anymore.
You gonna tell me yours?
callipygous, of course.
OF course. And just what, praytell, is it supposed to motivate or inspire you to achieve this year??
Lol, ok. I’ll change it to ‘merkin’ then.
If that’s what it takes to zoom you through the races.
Good point. I shave all my body hair to cut down on wind resistence.
Hey, if your WORD is strong enough, you don’t need to do that.
Dreams make our life colourful and happy. And the happiest moment of the life is when Dreams come true. We have to be grateful for that. It is in human nature to wait for some good changes in New Year. This is why that holiday is so magic.
Appreciate every word, Alex. Thank you for taking a moment, and keep showing us those living dreams with the magic of your photography.
Thank you, Diana! I always love to read your posts. But some of them I cannot pass by with no comment.
Ha ha ha ha ha.
It’s good to know we can start again.
I love your words today, you truly have such style Diana. We take stock on what we wanted to achieve and what actually happened. Time slips through our fingers. We get to reshuffle and start again in the hope maybe this year we will get it right. It never pans out the way we think it will. But there are golden moments given and a hell of a lot of learning for all. Happy New Year to you.
I think I like the hell of a lot of learning even more than those golden moments, K. =)
Thanks for the props and faithful read. You rock.
Lovely. You expressed the emotions and importance of this poignant, hopeful time in such a way that we all can relate to. And the writing is so beautiful. Happy New Year to you, Diana!
Thanks, Dixie. All the best this year,
Great post and interesting photo from Prague! 🙂 Bye. Kamila
Thx for chirping in and for following, Kamila. I appreciate the support. Welcome to A Holistic Journey.
I agree that being human is about growing, but is also about shrinking, fading and ceasing to be. This too is something we need to grow into…
Understood and agreed, Allen. Because it is a fight I very much feel everyday.
“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.” 2 Cor. 3:18
They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion. Ps. 84:7
This is a great blog entry. Very thoughtful and provoking. I never thought of the New Year in that way but that is exactly what I was thinking of doing this year.
I’m so glad you gained a fresh perspective from this post, BM. Thanks for letting me know. =)
“The Eve is a live wire between the past and future and with the turn of the year, we cross a mental threshold.” … wOw, what a way with words! Wishing you well in 2015 ||| 🙂 ♥ ❤
So very sweet. Thanks for having pulled out the picnic basket here. =)
To be semi-cynical, we deem the new year a marker that says, “I am still breathing. I made it through another year.”
I hate to rain on the parade, but our time is meanless in the grand movement of the Universe(s). But still, it is our time, and the more empathy we serve to it, the better off the time of others will be.
Actually, I’ve given good thought to what you say, Max. The wonder of it, how our life can both have such value and be so SMALL at the same time. Such a beautiful mystery, if one comes at it from the other side of cynicism. =) I appreciate the follow and your staying near. =)
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Thanks so much for the good word.
Lovely words 🙂
Thanks for the kind word and follow. Welcome!
I know this one is an oldie, but I’m just discovering it. Here’s to second chances. 2018 feels good in my bones.
So glad to be hearing this from you. And that makes the two of us. *High FiVe*!!!
Thanks, Cindy. My sentiments on your blog. =)