Happy New Year!!!!!
After the Tiger comes the Rabbit!
My brand new Rabbit (Usagi) ornament that will be displayed in our front hallway throughout the year 2011.
(In some countries it is the year of the Cat...but in Japan there is no year of the Cat because as the story goes...god was going to give away a year to each animal that came to him on a certain day. The Mouse told the Cat when that day would be but he lied. The Cat showed up on the next day after all of the years had been assigned to each animal...thus in Japan, there is no year of the Cat. Oooh, but the Mouse became number 1 because he hopped onto the back of the Cow (number 2) and got off at the right moment so that he could be at the very front of the line!
The Rabbit came in 4th place. Since they like to hop around it is said to be a "hoppin' year" whatever that means...
What kind of year did you have? I hope it was a good one!
My 2010 was a year of self exploration!
Now that I know more about who I am and what I want from life, I think 2011 will be filled with exciting experiences. Why? Because I have a clearer focus on what I want to learn from the world.
One of the many things I have started to study is religion and faith especially Japanese Buddhism and Shinto (I was brought up in a Protestant family). I am finding many similarities with western culture and paganism. It is all fascinating and (funnily) Dan Brown-ish... :-)
Recently, I have found someone of similar mind but of amazing talent. Cristy Burne.
I have not read her book yet but it is the first book I will order in the New Year!
Cristy is the author of a story (series) that seems to have a whole lot to do with Japanese ghost stories and mythology. For more information please check out her website here:
This whole year the universe has been practically throwing people at me. People that I should learn from. It is amazing. I got what I asked for this year but it has been so overwhelming that I am not caught up. I have met a spiritual teacher, a westerner on a Buddhist journey and amazing teachers and colleagues from around the world.
All that has happened to me this year brings a whole new meaning to "be careful what you wish for, you just might get it!"
So, for me 2011 will be the year of connecting dots...
...and like a good friend recently advised me...in 2011 I am going to "just do it".
1. Write my book (by the end of December 2011).
2. Visit the UK (this is happening in July, it has been scheduled!)
3. Listen, read and learn as if the world is my grad school.
bit of a rant:
Number 3 comes from what I have seen this past year. So many students pay so much money to universities but they don't do their homework, they sometimes cheat and they often complain. I have been wanting to go back to school but instead of spending the money that goes straight into new buildings and technology that ends up not getting used, I think I will BUY books and LISTEN to people instead. I am sure there are similarities all over the world among college students but in Japan it is tragic... Students study SO HARD to pass their entrance exams only so that they can enter university to start having all night binges and sleep during classes (if attending at all) for 4 years.
4. Write, write, write and write some more...
I hope that whatever you decide to do in 2011, that you will go out there and do it too!
May your new year be filled with happiness and abundance of the best kind!