It’s in the numbers…

I have often been asked to send greetings, write an introduction to an event’s souvenir book or speak at an anniversary function. Milestones are worth celebrating – they give Soroptimist club members a chance to look back and salute their success, and renew friendships.

I draw inspiration from the number, the symbol of the number and what some see as the significance of the number. I google the number, the gem, the numerology and take the parts that bring me joy to share.

30 – symbolised by a pearl

30 is symbolised by the pearl. I recall being asked by Soroptimist International of Bayside stalwarts, good fun Soroptimists, to provide greetings to their club event. It was a joy to do so, because I knew I could have some fun. A pearl is made from a piece of grit, transformed into something beautiful through irritation and perseverance. I congratulated them on their grit and determination to make a better world for women and girls.

40 has a ruby. I told Soroptimist International of Waimea, and Invercargill, that I looked up what ruby symbolises and how that applied well to the clubs: The ruby is considered to be the most powerful gem in the universe.  It is the symbol of vitality. It gives the courage to be the best potential that a person has. It is a symbol of friendship and love when given as a gift. The power, and vitality of their club comes from their strong sense of community service. The focus has always been to educate, empower and enable women and girls. Friendship and love are feelings and actions that I have personally experienced from SI members. Their friendship and love have supported me on my journey to reach my potential. It has been a powerful gift, and I humbly thanked them.

Half a century – a golden opportunity to celebrate.

50 years as a club is an awesome milestone. I recall being in contact with SI New Plymouth, SI Lower Hutt and SI Nelson and telling them that the number 50 holds great significance.

The purpose of the number 50 is to promote fusion between body and soul, mind and spirit.  Life is a continuing education for the number 50, as this energy seeks to learn their real values relating to their ultimate goals and aspirations;  the happy disposition of the number 50 attracts friends and good fortune.

Gold represents great value. If we value others, we treat them with “the golden rule.”

Gold is further associated with the wisdom of aging. (Note that “gold” contains the word “old.”) The height of wisdom in civilizations is referred to as “the golden age.”

The number 50 symbolizes the principle of progression and passion.  However..The 50 vibration loves pleasure and needs to watch over-indulgence and impulsiveness.  I reassured them not to feel too bad about enjoying their celebratory lunch!

60 is represented by a diamond. It was a privilege to write to SI Goulburn, Australia on the 60th anniversary of the charter of their club, and to attend SI Cologne’s celebrations.

With help from Google I found that in numerology the significance of 60 included: The number 60 is the ‘Mother’ number and is essentially a working, building number.  It symbolizes responsibility and service, which needs to be achieved through love, nurturing and protection
mission of the number 60 is to create harmony in their environment
A prominent characteristic of 60 is nurturing. 
60 is the teacher, trainer and parent.  The personal goal of the 60 personality is to provide for others’ wellbeing – to create security and harmony – to love and be loved.
This number will give comfort and help when needed, always.  They are motivated by a sense of duty to their fellowman, and find joy in serving others.

60 is also characterised by a diamond, a supreme gemstone, which represents faithfulness, love, purity, innocence, and relationships filled with love. It inspires creativity, ingenuity, inventivity, faith, endurance, and helps in manifesting abundance in all areas of life.

65 – I congratulated SI Hobart on turning 65. I asked myself – what does 65 really signify. The symbol for 65 is the blue sapphire. This is auspicious – because the blue sapphire was, to the ancient and medieval world, a stone of  power and strength, and also kindness and wisdom. Amongst the research I  also found reference to the search for learning and education, a fuller understanding of  one’s self (the first step towards leadership), that the Blue Sapphire embraces order, structure, and self-discipline, and is ideal for accomplishing goals and manifesting ideas into form. Blue is considered to be the sapphire’s “true” colour.  

I was privileged to attend the 65th celebrations for SI Auckland and shared with then joys of the blue sapphire – then I looked at New Zealand korowai (cloak) and noted the similarities in values.

80 – SI Aberdeen SI Crieff, SI Dundee, SI Easter Ross, SI Inverness & Nairn, SI Perth and SI St Andrews & District, ie  SI Scotland North, achieved the milestone of 80….. “80 is a builder …What 80 builds tends to be highly beneficial to society. What it builds generally endures for a long time… Let your imagination deliver what you could say about such a theme.

I take an image and extrapolate from it universal themes. There is always something to celebrate. They are useful resources – and all that is required is a bit of imagination seen through a positive lens in the search for a connection.

Where do you search for your inspiration?

Author: Yvonne Simpson

This blog shares my leadership journey and my passion for educating to lead.

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