Japanese Good Luck Doll

It’s almost a new year!  Can you believe it?  2015 is right around the corner.  And what better way to head towards a new year than with a bit of good luck.  But where to find it?

One way is to purchase a Japanese good luck doll known as a Daruma, or tumbling doll, which is modeled after Bodhidharma, the founder of the Zen sect of Buddhism.  It’s traditionally made of papier-mâché, spherical, and weighted down at the bottom.  That way, even if it falls over, it will always stand back up.  This is to symbolize perseverance.  The Japanese have a famous phrase: “Nana Korobi Yaoki” which means “Fall down seven times, get up eight.”  As someone who has fallen before (while running), I really appreciate this saying!

How does it work?  Think of a goal you wish to achieve.  Then fill in one of the blank white eyes with black ink.  Put the Daruma doll in a prominent place where you will constantly be reminded of your goal and what you want to achieve.  Pursue your goal as best you can.

When you complete your goal and your wish comes true, it’s time to celebrate by filling in the Daruma’s other eye.  He was motivated to grant your wish, because in turn, now he can see!

As you may have noticed in the photo above, I decided to purchase my very own Daruma.  With one eye filled in, my goal is set.  Now it’s time for me to get up and move towards achieving it!

What are your goals for the new year, and how do you plan to stay motivated to achieve them?

 

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