STRENGTH IN SPITE OF IT ALL
By Dr Moni Storz
For many of us, this year is one that is hard to forget. It makes me wonder why is it that we remember tragic events more so than happy ones. For instance, I can remember exactly where I was, and what I was doing on the day that President Kennedy was shot dead. I was walking in the garden of the hotel my parents owned in Ipoh, Malaysia. When Princess Diana died, I was in a neighbour's house. When the World Trade Centre was in flames, I was visiting someone in hospital and the TV happened to be on at 8am on the morning of the 12th September. Just as emotions cascaded over me, the one question that always comes to me is: how do we go on in the face of monumental tragedies? How did Rose Kennedy, mother of Jack and Robert Kennedy, go on when not one but two sons were taken? Where does strength come from? Where is the well from which human beings draw the energy to go on living? And doing all the things that simply have to be done: getting up, brushing our teeth, eating breakfast, starting the car and ploughing through the traffic and somehow making it to work each day - in spite of personal and global tragedies.
Often when I speak to people who have experienced tragedies, I get the feeling that they draw their strength from some spiritual source, be it Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, etc. Somewhere in their answers, God named, or unnamed, lurks mysteriously in some corner of their consciousness. To me, the comforting belief here is that we are not alone, no matter what the tragedy is. There is a God or Goddess, a force or universal consciousness that a human being can resort to in the face of some of the most unspeakable and painful experiences. Christmas brings this home to us in a powerful way. Jesus was born on Christmas day. The fact that there is a Christ and there is a God, will help many Christians this Christmas as they are surrounded by fear and grief of departed loved ones on the 11th September. Even if we are not Christians, it is important to remember that the core of Christ's message is love. And love is the universal language for all the great spiritual belief systems. Love is also the meaning for living. I really think that our inner strength comes from our conviction that there will always be love amongst human beings no matter how evil some acts are. In an immediate personal way, for many, the thought that there is someone who loves them and someone they love must be a constant source of strength. Love in its most divine form gives strength and hope. This is the truth about Christmas - it is about people we love and those who love us. May divine love be yours this Christmas.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Zhu Nimen Xin Nian Kuai Le!
Chinese New Year is actually the Spring harvest celebration. Considered to be the most important and most celebrated of all Chinese festivals, the Chinese New Year day is full of significance for all Chinese. It is not a religious festival like Christmas but it shares similar meanings. Both Chinese New Year and Christmas celebrate a new beginning, one, the birth of the Son of God and the other, the birth of Spring when all growing things flourish once after winter. Even human beings are one year older according to the Chinese. The year 2002 is the year of the Horse so don't let it run away from you. All those great plans that have been delayed, this year is the time to put them into operation. Quell the restless yearning and do something with it. Find a spiritual path or put that fitness program into action. Horse years are good for action so do not delay. According to Moni's Chinese horror scope, birthdays of Horse people are:
11 Feb 1918 to 31 Jan 1919
30 Jan 1930 to 16 Feb 1931
15 Feb 1942 to 4 Feb 1943
3 Feb 1954 to 23 Jan 1955
21 Jan 1966 to 8 Feb 1967
7 Feb 1978 to 27 Jan 1979
Horses are fine, elegant and charming. Sharp, quick witted, and intelligent, Horses are restless and quickly bored with activities and people. They are constantly galloping away to seek new pastures and adventures. Horses should find Monkeys interesting but they are not compatible with each other. Monkeys find the Horse too flighty and the Horse finds the Monkey's intellect too deep and troublesome. Their own kind is also not suited to them as two Horses will outrun each other and die from exhaustion. They get along with Goats and Dogs and Tigers. Goats like to nibble away on the hillside minding their own business so they let the Horse do what s/he likes. Dogs are faithful. No matter how far or fast the Horse runs, the latter comes back to find Doggie wagging its tail on the front door step. The Tiger's quiet brilliance or its big chi holds the Horse in awe.