Year of the Fire Rooster

Twelve years ago I was in China for the first time.  My wife and I had just arrived as New Year celebrations were underway.  It was the year of the wood rooster. I remember fireworks, great noodles and large rooster effigies all around town.  This year January 28th marks the beginning of the Chinese New year 2017.  This time around it be the year of the fire rooster. Every year the animal changes and every two years the element changes.  The elements are water, wood, fire, earth and metal, in that order.  
 
The rooster is thought to be an opinionated fellow.  He is known for quick and decisive decisions.  It is said that the rooster will always boldly speak his mind.  However, his brash opinions are often presented without the benefit of tact.  The fire quality of this year’s rooster could amplify the bird’s impetuous nature. 
 
He also has the interesting combination of being a hard worker and a daydreamer. Unfortunately, he runs the risk of having too many dreams, the desire to achieve them and the frustration of not being able to achieve them all.  During the rooster year we should all work on setting reasonable and tangible goals.  These can give us a great sense of accomplishment.  
 
During the year of the rooster it's important to remember to not be overly opinionated, and if we just can’t control our opinions we should be careful to present them tactfully.  In this time of strong opinions we should take a moment to self-reflect on our words before we say them.  

The rooster can be a proud, loyal, and stalwart friend.  He is fierce defender of his community.  Let us all do our best to embody the positive aspects of the rooster in the coming year.  

Best of luck to you all in 2017!