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” (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/phoenix).
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” (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/phoenix).