Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Create Your Luck

I hope you're all wearing some green for St. Patrick's Day!
I admit, I often forget. I also forget to remind the kids sometimes too. Oops. But this year I was a good mama and reminded them all to wear something green so they wouldn't be pinched all day. Yay me!

St. Patrick's Day began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland. Now it's an international day of celebration honoring the Irish culture. 

Did you know that the color green was not the first color associated with the holiday for St. Patrick? Watch this short video I found that explains how the color green came to represent St. Patrick's Day!

I thought it was pretty interesting. I never knew there was a color before the green! Did you?

So what are your thoughts about luck? 
Do you believe in good luck? Bad luck? 

So many times I've considered myself to be just a person with some pretty bad luck. On the other hand, there are times when I've felt like the luckiest person in the world! When it comes down to it, luck really is a state of mind. If you believe that you're lucky, then you just might be. If you always think you're a bad luck magnet, then you just might be. 

Mark Benedict really says it best with the quote. The full version of the book excerpt is this:

"You can create your own luck just like a cloud can create its own rain. You create your own luck by the way you act, think, feel, and talk. If these ingredients you're using to create your luck are distorted, then what will follow is bad luck all the way, like a thunderstorm. But if you're especially careful to watch how you think, then the sweet aroma of good luck will rain upon you almost everywhere you go."

This is pretty much my exact view of luck. We have the power to create our own luck to some extent, whether it's good, bad, or in between. 

Having a bad day? You can do what Taylor Swift does and just Shake it off! 

Maybe we can't always have good luck, but it's okay. There's always someone, somewhere that is just at the right place at the right time, or at the wrong place at the wrong time. Some call it all a game of chance. Some call it fate. When you have a constant mindset that you're a lucky person, though, you would be amazed at all the great things that can happen. When you think you're lucky, you actually work harder. You're also more confident, and a little bit of confidence can go a really long way.

So here's a thought:

You don't have to spend all your time searching for a four leaf clover in the clover field. It can be frustrating when you just keep turning up with nothing but regular three-leafers during your search. But there's always a four-leafer somewhere - hidden, just waiting to be found. So you have to keep at it! When you get frustrated, take a break from your search. Instead, you can look for the rainbow after the rain and know there's always a rainbow there, even if you don't see it. Your search for the four leaf clover can resume at any time you choose. When you do eventually find it, just know that it was either luck or hard work, or maybe even a mix of both

Have you ever found a four leaf clover?
I actually have, and it took me a long time to find it. I was in the fourth grade. The whole classroom was on a hunt for the lucky clovers at lunch break. After I found mine, I stuck it in some scotch tape (total makeshift lamination job) to save it and kept it in my jewelry box. I still have it somewhere in my closet!

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Sara said...

Happy St. Patrick!!

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Camila Rojas said...

I do believe we create our own luck, but I haven't found a four leaves clover... I'm sure I will someday!!!


Miss Val's Creations said...

I never knew the color was first blue and I'm mostly Irish! Interesting history on green becoming the symbolic color.

I don't believe in luck, but rather fate. It gets me through things feeling like everything happens for a reason. Luckily these are more often than not, positive "good luck" sort of things.

I used to search for 4 leaf clovers often as a little girl but only remember finding 1!

Katie Crafts said...

All great quotes!! I have two four leaf clovers pressed in glass (one is a pendant and the other a ring) that I bought in Manhattan years ago. I'm making sure to wear them today!

Melissa at bubbyandbean.com said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day! I once found two four leaf clovers in the same batch. It was pretty awesome.

Elephant's Child said...

Happy St Pat's Day.
I have found lots of four leafed clovers. Luck? Life is what it is. Sometimes good, sometimes bad, always a mixture.
I am always ready for rainbows though... A friend from Poland distressed me for years when she told me that her part of Poland was so polluted her children had never seen a rainbow until they emigrated. A side effect of pollution I had never considered.

Natalia Khon said...

St.Patric's day, Kim!

I consider luck (good or bad) comes to an effect in the situations you have no control over. Like getting a winning ticket. If you got one, does not mean you are a generally lucky person, it just mean that you had a good luck at that one time. What you do with it, has nothing to do with luck, though. It is up to you, to make it work or burn it.

Kristin Aquariann said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day! I found several four leaf clovers in elementary school. There was a huge patch in front of my house that my friends and I used to sit in and search.

Becky Melendez said...

Great St Patricks Day article that went a way I didn't expect. Wonderful...really enjoyed reading it. Have a Fabulous Day!! #Build Your Blog #Etsy