Remembering 2015 as a Year of Solidarity and Peace
What is your most unforgettable event for the year?
Have you managed to tick off all your 2015's resolution? You sure? Cross your heart and hope to fly? Now just take a few minutes to quietly reflect and let your heart speak to you.
According to the Chinese horoscope, the Sheep is a Yin energy representing peace, tranquility and harmonious co-existence. Though there have been cries of anarchy and senseless acts of extremism, fortunately a full blown war were averted and instead paved a way for healing. Compromises are being made within the global community to ensure peace is maintained.
The Sheep is a symbol of gentleness and humility. A catalyst to the much needed and prolonged healing process, and caused by individuals who have little respect for the human race or life itself. A year of banding together in solidarity, and a genuine belief that good will prevail and win out over the dark forces that sought to wreak havoc on our peaceful way of lives. Champions of goodness, justice and harmony will see blessings being showered upon them.
The Wooden Sheep of 2015, though gentle in nature harbors a steely inner strength. A life-long advocate of peaceful consensus, if the situation calls for it the sheep will not hesitate to unleash its quiet force. Do not judge an animal by its fur. Do not judge a book by its cover.
A wolf in sheep's skin, you might proclaim? I beg to differ. I would like to rephrase it as a sleeping Phoenix covered in sheep's skin instead.
Year 2015 saw the rise of a few remarkable Phoenixes in the Asia region. September saw China's grand military V-Day Parade that celebrated its 70 years of liberation from Japanese Imperialism since 1945. Male and female soldiers of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) were joined by their international peers from Belarus, Cuba, Egypt, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Mongolia, Pakistan, Serbia, Tajikistan and Russia. President Xi reasserted the notion that China does not promote hegemony, and extended a warm invite to her international comrades in co-creating the new China Dream and maintaining global peace and prosperity.
In the entertainment scene, Chinese actress Li Bingbing who starred in Hollywood's Transformers: Age of Extinction was casted in the Australian thriller Nest from the makers of Bait. In a bid to woo audiences in the world's second largest movie market, Li was casted in the lead role of writer/director Kimble Rendall's arachnid film, with production taking place in Queensland. Nest tells the story of a group of scientists who are pitted against a cluster of cunning spiders after they discover a mummified Emperor from 200 BC China.
All things are difficult before they are easy.
万事开头难 (wàn shì kāi tóu nán)
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Author: Jasemin Sibo
Leading Image: Ariana Prestes, Unsplash.