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Year of the Snake

Fred Wesley
Saturday, February 09, 2013

FOR millions of people around the globe, New Year is a time of renewed hope.

It is a special day when resolutions are made.

It is a day when a review of the year that was, sets the stage for the future.

It is when families get together and different people from different walks of life celebrate the beginning of another brand new year in their own little ways.

It is when aspirations, hopes and commitment come to the fore.

On this day, some people evaluate their lives.

They see the good and the bad.

They will then cast out the bad and bank on the good things in life to strengthen their commitment to many things from business to family affairs.

For millions of Chinese, tomorrow begins the year of the snake and as they ring in 2013, there will be reunions and gatherings all over the world.

The Chinese New Year is said to be the most important and the longest holiday in China.

In China, this period is one where millions of commuters pack airports, bus stations and train stations, making their way home to celebrate the new year with family and friends.

It is this strong commitment to family that is clearly an amazing part of this whole process of celebration and time off work.

The people of China have forged strong links with Fiji and have played very important roles in many industries here.

These range from agriculture to fisheries to small businesses around the country.

And in every area they have focused their attention on, they have significantly contributed to the local economy, churning out a living from little bakeries at the corner dairy store for instance, to selling fresh vegetables at mini markets around our urban centres.

As a nation surrounded by the vast Pacific Ocean with its many riches, fertile land, and with many other natural resources, perhaps we should be inspired by the resilience of the people of China and their willingness to always think outside the box and work hard.

As they look ahead to another brand new year, perhaps we should remind ourselves of who we are and take time out to reconsider our individual targets in life.

Let us place priority on the things that matter and discard issues that do not deserve attention.

Perhaps today should also be about reflection.

Let us look back at the year that was, reflect on the many obstacles that clouded our path, accept the consequences whether good or bad, and look forward to tomorrow with a positive mind.