Happy, happy New Year, one and all! May the days ahead be filled with good health and joy for you and your families, as well as for our beloved communities!
I have an idea.
Who has already made their New Year’s resolutions? Determined to step into the gym three times a week for the entire year? Read five books a month? Finally fit into that dress you have always admired from your 20th high school reunion? Perhaps, learn a second or even third language? Volunteer more? Finally quit smoking?
Throw them out!
That’s right. Why don’t we all throw out our resolutions this year?
As we welcome 2022, we look back on an emotional and tough period in our global history that has required grace and patience to navigate. Given that, what if this year, we did things a little differently? What if instead of grand promises and lofty goals — 80% of which are proven to have fallen by the wayside as early as the second week of February, according to Google — we simply do our best?
What if we do our best every day in some small way? The more we succeed in small ways, the easier it becomes to tackle bigger goals.
Enjoy your time at the gym on Monday evening? You are statistically more likely to get to the gym again in that given week, because you now have the desire to go. It was a positive experience. You enjoyed yourself. Replace “the gym” with “coffee with the girls,” “racquetball,” or “golf.” Whatever is significant to you.
Instead of obligating ourselves and feeling disappointed when something gets in our way, what if we simply eliminated that unnecessary pressure? If we take pleasure in our activity and don’t add pressure to something that should be enjoyable, perhaps we will be more inclined to do it consistently. Perhaps we will feel better, improve ourselves, and have more peace. What if we delve into one book, and get lost in the story, instead of pushing through to reach our goal of five books read per month? Is it reasonable to think that if we enjoy reading, we might just achieve our goal without the pressure of a resolution?
Let’s begin 2022 by mindfully taking care of ourselves and those we love. Let’s be as forgiving to ourselves as we are of our best friends. When we make a mistake, why not stop and think about something we have done right? Just go easy on ourselves.
If only for this year.
Together, let’s bring our most kind selves into 2022 and find happiness in simple ways. There is enough stress in some of our days. Let’s help one another find the good, by starting with kindness to our own reflections. Perhaps something to consider.
Wyoming Borough trash payments
Effective January 2022, Waste Management will be Wyoming Borough’s trash removal service. Trash and recycling will be picked up on Thursdays each week, beginning Thursday, Jan. 6.
Trash invoices have been mailed. Annual trash fee is $295. During the discount period, which ends Feb. 4, the fee is $285. During face period, Feb. 5 through May 13, the fee is $295. Senior citizens pay $285 through May 13. For payments received after May 13, a late charge of $50 will be added to all accounts.
No cash payments will be accepted. Check, money order, and credit cards are acceptable forms of payment, with checks payable to Wyoming Borough Sanitation.
Payments can be made in person at the borough office from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, or mailed to Wyoming Borough Sanitation, 277 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, PA 18644. Payments also can be made online at wyomingpa.org, by E-Check with a $1.50 fee, or by credit card, which carries a 2.65% transaction fee. A secure payment box also is located at the front doors for your convenience.
Calendars and literature on recycling will be mailed to all residents. Calendars also are available at the borough office.
Exeter refuse and recycling stickers
Exeter Borough announced refuse/recycling stickers for 2022 will go on sale Monday, Jan. 3. The prices will remain the same as last year. The rebate price is $170 until Feb. 28. From March 1 to April 30, the regular rate of $200 will apply. For senior citizens 65 and older, the rebate price is $130 until Feb. 28 and from March 1 until April 30, the senior citizen price is $150.
The borough building is still closed. You can make a check or money order payable to Exeter Borough, and send it to Exeter Borough, 1101 Wyoming Ave., Exeter, PA 18643 or drop it off at the borough building. There is a grey pedestal box outside the building marked “Payments: Refuse, Taxes, Zoning.” No cash will be accepted. Enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope with payment and a sticker will be mailed to you.
For information, call Lynda at 570-654-3001, ext. 2.
West Wyoming Legion meeting
American Legion Post 904, West Wyoming, will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, in the West Wyoming Hose Company Hall. New members are always welcome.
West Wyoming trash payments
West Wyoming trash invoices are now payable. Cost is $200 if paid in January or February. The price increases to $300 beginning March 1. Payments can be made at www.westwyoming.org. After Feb. 1, payments must be made by mail or dropped off at the borough office.
W. Wyoming Christmas tree pickup
West Wyoming announced Christmas trees will be picked up Tuesdays, Jan. 4 and Jan. 11.
Grace Berlew writes about Exeter, Wyoming and West Wyoming every week. To list an item, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 570-301-2185 by 5 p.m. Monday.