What’s your definition of feeling good?
Feeling good about yourself?
Or feeling good about others and the wider world in general?
We think both these definitions of feel-good feelings can – and should - be rolled-up into one big ball of universal goodness, radiating upbeat vibes of optimism.
Although it’s true that all these good feelings have been hard to come by of late, it’s reassuring to see some cheer at last with flickers of light at the end of the pandemic tunnel.
It all bodes well for the future – and we’ve been feeling pretty good ourselves after our first issue of Brilliant took off to spread its multi-media content far and wide.
With a profusion of embedded QR codes, pop-ups and links in various formats that deepen messages and information, Brilliant’s been likened to the magical Daily Prophet newspaper of Harry Potter books and films.
How delightful – in this bright digital age - that fantasy can quickly become reality and spread the feelgood factor!
A Tale of the Ox
Another reason to feel good this February is the dawn of the Chinese New Year – the Year of the Metal Ox, the second animal of the Chinese zodiac – with characteristics of hard work, positivity and honesty for the coming 12 months.
For those of a more analytical persuasion, the Chinese astrological calendar rotates in 60-year cycles based on 12 earthly branches represented by an animal year; and five element years of wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Each earthly branch has an element, and a Yin or Yang force.
Of course, no-one anywhere will be lamenting the end of the previous Year of the Rat.
Appropriately, with everything that happened in 2020, the traditional Chinese interpretation of the Year of the Rat’s force is fast, hard and active Yang with a water element denoting continual change.
With all this celestial symbolism, it’s hardly surprising that 2020 turned out to be filled with so much rapid tumult and tragedy.
But 2021 is the Year of the Metal Ox, regarded as grounded, loyal, gentle and trustworthy.
Its earthly branch is associated with Yin, which is slow, soft and passive, and its element earth represents stability and nourishment.
Chinese astrologers say all the characteristics and associations of the Ox have synergy and point to a favourable year ahead.
So, does that mean 12 months of docile plodding and slow progress as some might perceive the character of an Ox to exemplify?
As always, life is what you make it – and the Ox also embodies traits of strength, industry and perseverance.
The past year has been a torrid one, and all of us are looking for encouragement that it will be the platform for us to move on and create a brighter, happier year.
What better inspiration than the hard-working and down-to-earth Ox to help us achieve that?
Embrace the Ox, feel good with its strength and move forward!