Doing What’s Best for Everyone at Kirby Pines

Once again, the month we so fondly associate with love, because of Valentine’s Day, is upon us. Do you remember how your first love seemed to transform you into a better human being? Or how much time and creativity you put into making a Valentine’s Day card for someone special? This February has a more unique side to it than most, because this is also the Asian year of the Black Water Tiger. Beginning February 1st, the year of the Black Water Tiger ushers in a year of transformation, rapid changes, and adventure. Everyone is fired up, generosity is at an all-time high, and social progress feels possible again. We can expect rapid changes and sudden disruptions. 

In China, the Tiger is honored as a symbol of strength and valued because it is family-oriented. Though extremely driven, the Tiger’s goal is always to do what is best for everyone. Traits of the Black Water Tiger are: agility and eloquence. Water is an extremely powerful natural force – because it can go around any obstacle in its path and not lose its essential nature. 

The Chinese calendar dates back to the Qin Dynasty over 2000 years ago. If you were born in 1926, 1938, 1950 or 1962 you were born during the Year of the Tiger. Famous people born during the Tigers years include Queen Elizabeth II, Stevie Wonder, Martin Short, Leonardo DiCaprio and Lady Gaga. This year is significant because it offers all of us the opportunities to transform or develop our creativity, and social consciousness, as well as say goodbye to petty differences. I guess when you stop and think about it, Valentine’s Day allows us to do some of the same. 

So this Valentine’s Day, embrace not only your true love, but also your neighbors here at Kirby Pines. Let go of any differences or misunderstandings you may have towards someone, and wish everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day. 

Michael Escamilla,
Executive Director,
Kirby Pines