New Year Begins with a New Heart

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Please have your seats. Ladies and gentlemen, tonight, I am honored to be the 2nd invocator in the year 2012 but the 1st invocator in the year of Dragon! Chinese New Year ushering in new hope for those who celebrating it, as we are turning a new leaf in our lives during New Year, in a sense, we are reborn. Thus, Chinese New Year is to celebrate the passing of the old and the coming of the new! Before the festival, the families start cleaning up their houses, washing and wiping every corner of the house, repainting the walls, throwing or even recycling the rubbish that had stored in the house for a year! On Chinese New Year Eve, everyone showers with water boiled with pomelo leaf which signifies cleansing the body, then on the first day of Chinese New Year, we put on the new clothes, new shoes, new socks, new hat… everything has to be new! Physically, we are new on almost everything for Chinese New Year, but are we new in our heart? Do we clean the little rooms in our heart? For examples, do we still hold grudges? Somebody says, “I can forgive but cannot forget”; can you forgive and forget someone who hurt you so much? Do we feel ashamed to confess our faults and say sorry? Do we still live in the past; keep regretting what we’ve missed, what we’ve lost? New Year should begin with a new heart. It’s a perfect time to clean the little rooms in our heart. It’s an opportunity to say ‘goodbye’ to the past and say ‘hello’ to your bright future! So, forgive and forget the people, who caused us to have bad feeling, show your courage to offer an apology to those you have treated them not so well too. At the same time, keep your head focus on the New Year resolutions and let the past go. I know, it’s difficult, but you see, your heart will have a wider room to put in more love, hope and joy after moving out these grudges. Hence, ladies and gentlemen, let’s begin the Year of Dragon with a new heart, which filled with love, hope and joy. Happy Chinese New Year and Gong Xi Fa...
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