Would you be willing to stand — even alone — to be true to yourself, honoring your heart, in thought, words and action, regardless of consequence or outcome?
Most Japanese make a pilgrimage to Shinto shrines or Buddhist temples on New Year’s Eve, and at the 108 ”kane” (bell) strikes of midnight, they make Resolutions! In Japan, some say a resolution is like pouring water on a duck’s back – it rolls right off. Others say a resolution is like a chameleon, showing your “true” colors when facing life’s hardships.
The rabbit hops or leaps, always forward, never backward. Its hind legs are longer than its forelegs, so it actually runs faster uphill than downhill. The rabbit runs “UPHILL”, and excels, when it faces an unexpected, unfavorable situation. The significance of the “Year of the Rabbit” lies in what we do with it…
* In Japanese culture the “Year of Rabbit” depicts the essential character of human activities requiring a “LEAP BY FAITH”. This action “by faith” is always a move forward.
* When you are challenged by hardship or difficulty, your true character appears and is tested. Consider that only “when piercing wintry winds shake off all leaves, creating ghostly hills, do we know the Japanese black pine tree and cypress to be evergreen!”
Are you able to join with the hare, running uphill battles to live each day; and at day’s end, be able to say “I know who I am and was true to myself!” What resolution have you made in the “Year of Rabbit” to help make the world a safer, more peaceful place?