Chinese New Year 2016 – The Year of the Red Fire Monkey
Legend says Buddha called all the animals of the world to him before he left the earth. The only ones that listened were these 12 animals, so Buddha named a year after each of them in the order that they arrived.
Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Boar
In my family, we have a menagerie of animals: Hubby Keith is an Ox, me, I am a tiger, daughter Tiffeni is a dog, and son Charlie is a rabbit. If you could picture these four animals in one room: the ox stands steadfast as the tiger skulks, the dog barks as the rabbit hops around. We are truly an entertaining group. After you have determined the animals in your house, have fun with it. And here’s a thought to ponder on: The animal ruling the year in which you were born exercises a profound influence on your life. As the Chinese say, “This is the animal that hides in your heart.”
This cheeky animal bursts with exuberance, bringing a lightning fast pace and fantastical motivation. The Monkey increases communication, humor and wit, helping us get through stressful times with grace and ease. Business flourishes and risks tend to pan out. The Monkey’s gift is the ability to find unconventional solutions to old problems. Daring to be different can lead to success.
These last two sentences definitely establish
what this blog is all about . . . . Doing something different and offering a new way to solve quandaries about how to preserve and display your family history. So has you travel through this extraordinary year, put your energy to good use and create your Family Museum. Visit past posts to find out all the ways and means to help you design, construct, and organize your heirlooms to preserve, protect, display and share.