It’s started off as “one of those days”. I seem to be having a lot of those lately, don’t I! I’ll blame it on the wintry weather. Most of my frustrations involve networks and connectivity issues, and it’s likely that the bad weather has been a factor. Actually, I should consider myself lucky that the problems haven’t been worse. Despite the snow and cold temperatures, we haven’t had any power outages, frozen pipes, or other winter-related problems here.
After a lot of frustrations with email problems, my spirits did brighten considerably when I realized that today marks the beginning of the lunar new year. It’s “The Year of the Sheep”, and a quick trip to Google images made me smile.
I love this cheery fellow, don’t you?
I’ve seen 2015 referred to as “The Year of the Sheep”, “The Year of the Ram”, and “The Year of the Goat”.
What gives? I found this helpful information:
The ambiguity has whipped up discussion in the English world. Actually, when used without attributes, the Chinese character Yang can refer to all of the forgoing ruminants. However, in terms of traditional culture, the zodiac symbol is more likely a Goat, as it is commonly seen among Han People. The images of goats often appear on Chinese New Year stamps and paper-cuts. To ordinary Chinese, it seems the confusion never bothers them. They may take goat as the zodiac animal, but prefer to buy a sheep mascot, because it is more lovely and fluffy.
I’ve decided I’m going to hold to my friendly, cheery-looking sheep. Throughout the year, maybe he’ll remind me to remain gentle and calm even when I encounter those days — like today.
People who are born in the “Year of the Sheep/Ram/Goat” are said to be tender, polite, clever, and kind-hearted. They possess an affinity for art and beauty and have a fondness for peaceful living. They are wise, compassionate, and caring.
You’re one of them if you were born in any of the following time periods:
Years of the Sheep, Ram, Goat
A few famous “Goats” are:
- Mark Twain
- Thomas Alva Edison
- Rudolph Valentino
- Rachel Carson
- Barbara Walters
- Orville Wright
- Nicole Kidman
- Julia Roberts
- Bruce Willis
- Claire Danes
Great advice, in my opinion. So, here’s wishing you not only a great day, but a wonderful, happy, and prosperous New Year.
Whether you choose the Sheep, the Ram, or the Goat…enjoy the blessings this year will surely bring.