Last year I had a student who gifted me a red envelope and gold bookmark. She said it would bring good luck and prosperity. This awesome gift was received for a job I get paid to do and absolutely love. I was - and continue to be grateful for the lessons I am dealt.
My luck has continued. I have planned, looked for and created more of it.
This year my best friend from high school and I decided to travel to America! It has been a wonderful trip. There have so many memories created and times that have created unplanned opportunities – you know those!
So, we booked a bus tour to Niagara Falls. The falls were defrosting after being frozen – and the tour was a Chinese one (and I do not speak Chinee!)
Then, we realised that we would be on a Chinese tour - with Chinese people on Chinese New Year – surely this is auspicious!
So, the point of this post is to remind you (and me) of the opportunities (and LUCK) that this year will bring. Get prepared people!
The Chinese New Year is an opportunity to celebrate new year again
Now is the perfect time to re-adjust the January New Year resolutions or business plans. It is an opportunity to plan to pivot and change.
PLAN TO CHANGE
We had to TRUST that this tour will be fun and informative.
It was an opportunity for me to EXPLORE a work related project with experts in Rochester.
We BELIEVED that “things” were falling into place, as I KNOW that things always work out.
Handling adversity when you are out of your comfort zone (like travelling in foreign countries) is important. Handling adversity effectively means stepping back and taking emotion out of the situation. Learning to trust that the situation will turn out and there will valuable lessons to learn may feel uncomfortable. Handling adversity means that you must accept that it might just be different. Sometimes all the care and planning does not ensure everything will be how we think it should be – and that is OK!
SOME CHANGE CONSIDERATIONS
CHANGE CAN BE UNCOMFORTABLE
Know that uncomfortable is normal. This is what traps people into never moving on. Uncomfortable is manageable – it can also be enjoyable. Be brave and move through this discomfort.
BE TRUE TO YOUas you set intentions that make you excited.
This is a lesson I lost in my modern world. Being blessed with the opportunity to travel and meet people makes me realise that other worlds have lessons to learn.
Years ago, I travelled through Egypt. I was lucky to witness the Light Show at the Pyramids of Giza. It was spectacular. After the show I met a tourist policeman. His job was to make sure tourists were looked after. He was a happy and proud man.
The tourist policeman taught me to live and love in the moment. No – not what you are thinking … It is about gratitude and authenticity. He was practicing his English and was excited to talk with people from other countries. He invited us back to his house, promptly woke up his wife and children and entertained us for the evening. He was kind and generous and created a memory that has lasted forever.
My lesson here was to be kind, generous, authentic and grateful for what you have. This makes life better and allows you to dream bigger. My lesson was to not let life limit you – but be brave enough to let it expand you – let life make your world bigger.
You are imperfect and that is OK – because we are all imperfect. IMPERFECTLY PERFECT (Thank you Brene Brownfor that lesson).
So with the new moon and the Chinese New Year, take the opportunity to review where you are up to.
I wish you great happiness and prosperity. 2019 is the Year of the Pig. Pigs are a symbol of wealth and prosperity. The Chinese New Year is a time to cultivate luck and extend wishes of prosperity for the year ahead.
SENDING WISHES and BLESSINGS FOR GOOD FORTUNE IN YOUR LIFE – PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL.