Chinese New Year was celebrated on the 5thFebruary and as I was listening to the morning news I became quite engrossed in an item about how the Chinese celebrate the day and the Chinese Zodiac signs. I have to say at this point, that as a Christian I don’t follow the readings of any zodiac signs, Chinese or English, but the item just pricked my interest as I ate my breakfast.
There is a twelve year cycle of signs, the Sheng Xiao (‘birth likeness’) is represented by twelve different animals calculated according to the lunar calendar. This year is the year of the pig and people born under this sign are meant to be chivalrous, optimistic and frank, pigs are kind and loyal friends and light of heart. Sometimes they can be a little too trusting.
For fun I decided I would look up my animal sign and the traits allocated to it. Having been born in 1957 I found that I was a rooster and that roosters are punctual, well for a while I actually didn’t get further than that, because as I read it out to my husband Don he just laughed out loud. Having been together for over forty years he knows that this is not the case, he has spent much of those years chivvying me out of the door to be somewhere on time, not a trait I’m proud of and something I know I need to rectify. However, once we were able to get past trait one he felt the others quite fitted my personality, honest, bright and warm hearted. It also said that roosters are neat and like to keep busy, both true to my personality. As I have already said I don’t follow readings of the zodiac but found it really quite interesting how many of the characteristics did fit.
It is so important in life to know who we are, what we are good at, what we need to improve and what we should leave alone. We need to understand those qualities that make us, us. As Christians we are called to live by the fruits of God’s Spirit, those of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. For me these are God given qualities. They are qualities that we should strive to achieve in our lives. We won’t always get it right, and I for one, most certainly do not, but if we all tried a little harder day by day the world would be a much better place, of that I’m sure.
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