New Year of Hope, 2012: We Are the Phoenixes That Have Risen

Out with the old

The Chinese Year of the Rabbit (began on Feb. 3, 2011, which means it’s not quite over) failed many of us. It brought anything but the promised reprieve, respite, and restoration. It wasn’t just a year of obstacles and disappointments more plentiful than in previous years; these obstacles were needlessly difficult–superpowered, engineered–and, for some of us, not just nasty but life-threatening. There have been theories that we skipped the Rabbit and jumped straight into the fiery teeth of the Dragon.

Rise from the ashes

However, if we are still due to experience the Year of the Dragon (begins Jan.23, 2012), let us hope these fires fuel inspiration and the forging of new, better lives. Let us ensure we are already the Phoenixes that have risen.

No room for passivity

Here are five things you can do to write your story on this first blank page of 2012 of the Julian Calendar:

  • decide (what is it you desire most)
  • plan (more thoroughly than last year)
  • intend (with a stronger mindset)
  • visualize (see it, feel it, live it)
  • believe (that the success is already yours)

Granted, there will always be things that come along that you can’t control. But if you succeed at even just one major goal or dream, especially one you’ve dragged around for years like a bag of sand holding down an air balloon, it could be enough to keep you going.

I know. Because in that cruel year of 2011, a few good things happened, and one big thing that makes the whole year worth it: the fulfillment of a 37-year dream that has suddenly become an airplane picking up speed on the runway, ready to take to the air. The new year, 2012, will see the completion of that initial step. I intend it.

You too. Dust the ashes from your wings. Cut the sand bags from your feet. Fly, Phoenix, fly.

Phoenix, the person: “a person or thing that has become renewed or restored after suffering calamity or apparent annihilation” (

Phoenix, the bird: “a mythical bird of great beauty fabled to live 500 or 600 years in the Arabian wilderness, to burn itself on a funeral pyre, and to rise from its ashes in the freshness of youth and live through another cycle of years: often an emblem of immortality or of reborn idealism or hope” (


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11 Responses to New Year of Hope, 2012: We Are the Phoenixes That Have Risen

  1. Rob Hodgins says:

    And there is no need to wait for the Dragon to start. Begin now.

  2. More wonderful words from you, Eva, to bring us into the new year. Visiting your blog always makes me feel like I’ve found a mysterious jar, taken the lid off, looked inside, and found it’s full of clarity.

  3. Sherie says:

    Fly, Phoenix, fly. . .love this visual, Eva, and the steps you have laid out will help you do it! I look forward to seeing all the blessings that 2012 has in store for you and your family. You so deserve it!

  4. Averill Buchanan says:

    Surely the Year of the Dragon begins 23 Jan (New Moon)?

    • Interesting. I specifically researched it to find the date and got Feb. 4. Today, I’m getting the Jan. 23 date under the same search terms. I’ve amended it in the article. Thanks for the catch.

  5. Great post, Eva!

    I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who had trouble with 2011! Glad to pretty much forget that one. Always felt like I had something holding me back.

    But no more! On with the newness and freshness of 2012 and the opportunities it will bring.

    Wishing you much success this year.

    • Thanks for your feedback. I wrote the article because I felt a lot of people had an exceedingly hard year and they needed some acknowledgement. Perception and mindset affect how we deal with life’s events. The metaphor of the phoenix empowers people. It makes them feel like victorious survivors with a renewed strength to move on.

  6. Joyce Townsley says:

    Eva reminds us of our own inner knowledge and self belief. Too often we rely on the word and courage of others and too often are disappointed by the response.
    We are only human (strike out ONLY); I will try to live through myself this year.
    Thank you Eva, for being the positive and helpful reminder, and thank you Louise for the connection.

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