Monday, January 26, 2009
The Year of the Ox: Prosperity and Fortitude
Today, on the first New Moon of the year, we celebrate the Chinese New Year: The Year of the Ox. The Ox is a sign of prosperity through fortitude and hard work. This seems particularly relevant for this year, in this country. The picture above was taken, fittingly, in 'Asia' at Animal Kingdom; Grammy and Papu treated the whole family to a jam-packed Disney weekend......where prosperity abounds. But amid the overpriced plastic and garish displays of wealth was another resounding image, one that I found most refreshing. A sign of fortitude, and hard work. A sign of a new wave of devotion to conscious living, and appreciation for this life.Little b and I got an early start on the hard work this morning, following the Chinese tradition of sweeping out the bad luck from the past year and bringing in the good luck to come. Sweeping has brought both of my boys much toddle-y pleasure over the years.A family vacation and a clean sweep...what a great way to begin inviting prosperity! Happy Chinese New Year!