Thursday, February 3, 2011

Another chance at renewal on Chinese New Year

We, Filipinos, get excited about new anything. New president, new phone, new clothes, new year. (When you come to think of it, it might not just be Filipinos.) Being a country of struggles, a new anything gets us hopeful. Very hopeful.

On January 1 of every year, we tend to feel this rejuvenating vibe that only New Years bring. We write our resolutions, clean the house, pay our debts and all the "start-with-a-clean-slate" activities we could do.

Then reality bites and the vibe starts to wane. We are back to our old ways, not necessarily bad ways.

Hmmm.... feels like the rest of the year already huh?

Mmmm... Not so fast. Because Chinese New Year comes and we realize, we got another chance!

A lot of Filipinos celebrate Chinese New Year in the hope of bringing more luck or turning their luck around. Feng Shui is experimented upon with a solemn prayer that it works for them. yes, a lot of us have Chinese roots or have friends who are Chinese. But I don't think that is the reason most celebrate Chinese New Year. People celebrate in the hope that it will be a better year or a great year for the more ambitious ones. That money, health and relationships will turn out well. That wishes be granted. That bad occurrences be shunned away.

I don't think that's bad at all. In fact, I think it's healthy and it's good. I personally practice some Feng Shui in my house. I think that it is better for people to be hopeful than to have given up on wishing for a better life.

However, it must be known that Feng Shui alone does not make life turn around. Even the experts say. Good luck comes with hardwork and prayer. Two things that need to be renewed everyday and not just on New Year's day.

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