“I am a great believer in LUCK, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
St. Patricks Day is coming up soon! I can honestly admit that I had to look up what exactly we are celebrating with this holiday. My memories of the holiday as a child are that I had to wear green or I’d be pinched. Leprechauns, rainbows and pots of gold also have a place in my memory. As I got older, through college, it was an excuse to party and drink green beer. Getting even older, it was a reason to stay home, cook corn beef and cabbage and think of my Grandfather who always sang this Irish lullaby song to me. From history.com, I found this description of the day: St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17, the saint’s religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years. On St. Patrick’s Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were waived and people would dance, drink and feast–on the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage. One thing I always associate with this holiday is luck! I often feel lucky and blessed.
So what exactly is luck? (a : a force that brings good fortune or adversity b : the events or circumstances that operate for or against an individual)
The more I think about it though, the more I feel like it has a lot to do with your attitude and striving to meet goals. Some examples of what I feel lucky about are:
My family. I’m lucky to have the people in my life I call family. I’m blessed too of course. This includes everyone blood, step, half and in-law. And I will admit that even family takes work sometimes, but most relationships do and they are worth it.
My friends. Again lucky and blessed. I have some amazing friends, new and old. You know who you are. Thank you for your support, friendship and love!
My job. I get to do something I love and yes, I worked really hard to learn how to teach and influence new generations of learners but I’m still lucky. It gives me time to spend with my family, hang out with my sister on occasional Thursdays doing crafts. Each day when things feel a little overwhelming at work, I remind myself that I really am lucky and I can change my attitude and outlook and get through the day and my lists.
So while I have not yet found a pot of gold, I’ve been lucky to witness many rainbows and the wealth of friendship and love from my family and friends, a good job and now this craft and party business where we get to help others plan and enjoy their special events.
As I write, there are often songs floating through my head, so I’ll leave you with 3 ‘lucky’ ones. Feel free to add more in the comments:
Lucky in Love – Jason Mraz/Colbie Calliat
I Feel Lucky – Mary Chapin Carpenter
Lucky Star – Madonna
So if you feel lucky, tell us why. Or add to our ‘lucky’ playlist. One of you will be really lucky and win this lucky paper shamrock banner! (featured above) We will choose a winner on Tuesday morning and get your banner in the mail as soon as we connect with you!
Winners will be choosen at random from our list of comments here and on Facebook.