I’m not exactly galloping into the Year of the Horse, more like a slow trot back into blogging. Still the horse holds promise for a spirited year.
I’ve certainly proved the theory that habits can be made or broken in two weeks – although I suspect it is far easier to break a habit than make one in a fortnight.
In twelve days in Japan and the last few since we’ve been back, writing has been the furtherest thing from my mind, literally. I’ve broken the habit of blogging and now its time to, well, get back on the horse!
Food, well its been top of mind – the Japanese do food so well (or at least I did eating in Japan pretty well). I now NEED to do a little less eating (Lesson No 1 – skiing will not necessarily displace all calories consumed).
Friendship has been the to the fore – our holiday proving once again that with old friendships you can pick up where you left off – they are the best kind.
I’ll have more lessons from Japan to share (what a wonderful experience) once I can get my thoughts to form into words that don’t sound all Japaneseee.
Meantime, a few thoughts on the Year of the Horse, along with my best wishes for a Happy Lunar (Chinese) New Year.
Having travelled to China twice I can imagine the chaos and celebration there right now. And unfortunately, for those born in the Year of the Horse (1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002), the 12 months ahead don’t look all that smooth riding.
This Horse year is considered a wooden horse, with the wood fuelling lots of fire energy, which could mean conflicts, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
But the the horse is energetic, bright, warm-hearted and intelligent, according to the Chinese zodiac and those born under its namesake are said to be popular and make good friends (just watch for that flightiness).
I’m a monkey (witty, clever, resourceful apparently), and according to one horoscope, I have to watch I don’t cut off my nose to spite my face this year. That doesn’t sound too good.
But despite the negative predictions, I do think it’s worthwhile embracing some of the characteristics of a horse (strength, energy, agility, speed perhaps).
I also think its worth embracing some of the traditions that are part of celebrating Chinese New Year (also known as the Spring Festival).
Traditionally it starts by finding a kind of balance – bringing things back to a neutral starting point – getting rid of old negative energy, giving thanks for what you have, and then being open to welcome in the new. Part of giving thanks for what you have is celebrating with family – long, uncut noodles are a traditional dish to signify a long and healthy life. Red is a lucky colour and red envelopes with money inside are given to pass on prosperity.
Millions of Chinese migrant workers and those living away from their traditional homes travel many hundreds of kilometres to be with family at New Year – symbolic of what is really important – family – worth celebrating whatever the occasion I reckon.
Although some hard work and financial discipline is required before all the partying according to this advice: Clean your house from top to bottom and pay off all debts before New Year.
So I’m off to clean and cook a menu that will include more of the noodles we loved so much in Japan (Chinese style).
Kung Hei Fat Choy!
And cheers – I promise to be back to my regular program of blogging from next week with some Feng Shui tips and thoughts on Finding your Flow in February. Linking up late with the lovely Grace.