Years of the Snake. 1929 – 1941 – 1953 – 1965 – 1977 – 1989 – 2001 – 2013
Snakes are romantic and charming. They are deep thinkers and always mysterious. Snakes are graceful and soft spoken. They love a good book and appreciate all of the arts. They lean towards all of the finer things in life.
Snakes trust themselves above all others and are seldom wrong; but behind a sophisticated front, Snakes are very superstitious!
Snakes are good with money and don’t have to worry about finances. Somehow, when money is needed, it appears. In spite of their good luck with money, Snakes should never gamble. They could suffer big losses if they did, but Snakes learn fast.
Once they have made a mistake, they never repeat it. They also never forgive you if you break a promise. By nature they are sceptical beings but keep their suspicions to themselves. They are very private and not concerned with the business of others. Idle gossip is not for them.
Snakes can be possessive in their relationships with others. They are passionate but jealous lovers. You can never tell how far Snakes will go to achieve their aims. They are relentless and their computer-like brains never stop calculating. When you anger them, you feel their icy hostility instead of hearing any sharp words.
Their moves are planned out well in advance and they will hold their position to the bitter end. They can be evasive, and just when you think you have them, they slip away.
Snakes make good politicians since they can negotiate just about anything.
Years of the Monkey: 1932 – 1944 – 1956 – 1968 – 1980 – 1992 – 2004 – 2016
No task is too great for the clever Monkeys. They master most anything. They have extremely charming manners that draw others. Monkeys solve difficult problems with ease.
They are quick-witted, innovative, and they have total and intense belief in themselves. No one delights in their own accomplishments like the Monkeys. Enjoying themselves immensely, they try anything at least once! Monkeys are intellectual and their memory is phenomenal.
They recall the smallest details of everything they have seen, Read, and heard. They must depend on that memory since they have an otherwise untidy mind. Monkeys are wizards with money. They are original, shrewd, and when they need to, they can fool anyone. There are a hundred and one fantastic schemes they want to try, and you can bet they make some of them work.
Even when they take you in, it is hard to be angry with them, or begrudge them anything. They don’t care what opinions others have of them. They know they are lucky, and they also know they have the ability to change things when convenience calls. Monkeys are virtually unsinkable! When the odds are stacked against them, Monkeys know when to quit. Their timing is superb, and they will wait to try another time. If you try to trick Monkeys, they will probably catch you. They never make a move without a plan. They are great strategists. They can spot an opportunity in any form. They never miss a trick!
Monkeys are hard workers once they have a piece of the action. The bigger the piece, the better they do. Monkeys like to travel, and they want to do it first class. They need a certain amount of excitement in their lives.
Roald Dahl said “And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it”
A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.
From the Twits story which contains possibly Roald Dahl’s least lovely characters. I think it specifically relates to Mrs Twit, whose lack of good thoughts leads her to become uglier and uglier…
More wise words from Lao Zi when offers us “Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step”
Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift, that is why it is called the present. What a wonderful saying to help us with self awareness and living in the Now!
Serenity comes when you trade expectations for acceptance, a mindful lesson that teaches us the benefits of acceptance over expectations. Sometimes my expectations can be so strong that it hurts my calmness and my serenity.
Are you doing what you love or just what is expected of you is a question I sometimes ask when I feel others influence starting to overwhelm me. Sometimes we allow others too much influence over us and we act in ways that make us feel uncomfortable.
This poster can help remind us to follow our own path and perhaps follow the advice of Confucius when he said “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”. There are many people including myself that love what we do each and everyday. It makes for a simple ands happy life.
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This poster makes a beautiful gift for Grandads because it lets them know that you care. As we get older we need more reminders that we are loved and I hope this poster offers an opportunity to help you let your grandad know and feel your affections.
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“Quiet Minds cannot be perplexed or frightened but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, lick a clock during a thunderstorm” is a quote by Robert Louis Stevenson. I love this saying because it reminds me to quieten my mind daily especially as “life” seems to be getting more and more chaotic around us. When my mind is quiet, I’m better able to handle the daily pressures and turmoil, whether real or exaggerated.