Year of the Tiger

My Tiger-Lily

Year of the Tiger

Happy Chinese New Year! On February 14th, the Year of the Tiger officially began according to the traditional Chinese system, which recognizes the cyclical nature of life. Both Lily and I were born in Tiger years, so I have high expectations for 2010.

Next month I will be traveling to China, to visit Lily’s orphanage for the first time since I brought her home. Late last year, I suddenly began feeling the urge to go, and I didn’t know why, except to say that the timing felt ‘right’. It wasn’t until last week when I was thinking about Chinese New Year that I realized, that by the end of this Tiger year, an entire cycle in the Chinese Lunar system will have been completed since I first went to China. Chinese New Year has reminded me that cycles have their own timing, and where you happen to be in the cycle determines the appropriate action to take. It is wise to understand that this usually can’t be rushed. With our linear, hurried, make-it-happen mentality, it can be hard to accept the ephemeral notion that it’s just not ‘time’ for something to happen. By understanding and embracing the beauty of cycles, it can be easier to allow ourselves to flow with events as they move toward fruition. And now for us, the time has come to close one loop, and begin preparing for the next phase of our journey. We invoke the strength, beauty and grace of the Tiger as we begin what is sure to be an interesting year.

  • Posted by: Beth Nonte Russell