Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Welcome February 2010! Twenty-eight days . . . among them:
Groundhog Day
Lincoln’s Birthday
Valentine’s Day
President’s Day
Fat Tuesday
Mardi Gras
Ash Wednesday
Washington’s Birthday
Waitangi Day
Your birthday? Anniversary?
the beginning of the Chinese new year . . . whew . . . what a busy month of celebrations.

Let’s look at February 14th, best known for the tradition of Valentine’s Day; this year it shares the beginning of the Chinese New Year.

According to the Chinese calendar, 2010 is the Year of the Tiger which legend describes as follows:

“Tiger people are sensitive, given to deep thinking, capable of great sympathy. They can be extremely short-tempered; however people have great respect for them. Sometimes ‘tiger people’ have conflict with older people or those in authority. Sometimes ‘tiger people’ can not make up their minds, which can result in poor hasty decisions or a sound decision arrived at too late. They are suspicious of others, but they are courageous and powerful.”

Do you see any “tiger traits” in yourself and others?

Perhaps the Year of the Tiger provides us with an opportunity to reflect upon those qualities we want to shape our year.