Happy Chinese New Year! A perfect day to get up again. It doesn’t even matter if you F’d up your Eid, Diwali or January resolutions! No matter the time, No matter the day, No matter the age– every second is a miraculous chance to ignite what you want to do. Even Beyonce stumbled a little in the super bowl half time show yesterday but she didn’t fall. It’s okay Beyonce, you have a new colorful start today. I hope you wear red today. Red underwear in particular is auspicious. However you celebrate, I hope you do it with such gusto! Whether you deeply reflect, venture around China Town, or have fun with friends and family.
It’s the year of the monkey!
What does that mean?
“A particularly auspicious time for new inventions, the Year of the Monkey is for taking risks and being rebellious, a year where agile, inventive minds, sheer guts and bravado will win out. Now is the time of courage, action, anarchy, and true devotion to even the wildest of schemes, a time to start new endeavors, for they are destined to succeed under Monkey’s influence. But a word to the wise: those who can hang on for the wild ride, outsmart the confidence-trickster, and bluff their way through will come out unscathed. Those who are dull or slow witted, and can’t handle the stress will come unglued.”
source: Year of the Monkey 2016
I personally like monkeys. At their best, monkeys are silly, fun and goofy. Yet sometimes, monkeys could be seriously cunning and suspicious at their worst. On a visit to Jaipur, Rajastan in India– I was advised to keep my windows shut. Apparently at twilight, a pack of monkeys scavenger through the neighborhood and sneak into open windows. They’ll create havoc with destroying furniture to stealing cameras. One had happened to sneak through the courtyard, and made it’s way to the kitchen to take some food.
Metaphorically, our thoughts are like monkeys. They’ll distract us in good ways, and sometimes in bad ways. But we just have to put our foot down and shut the window. We can always open the window when we need them.
When you’re too hard on yourself, remember this:
猿も木から落ちる。 (Saru mo ki kara ochiru) Literally: Even monkeys fall from trees.
Meaning: Everyone makes mistakes. / Nobody’s perfect.
Isn’t it fun to find reasons to celebrate?
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