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ITHACA, N.Y. -- For one of the first posts of March I felt like I should ignite a conversation about the upcoming St. Patrick's Day. The first idea that comes to mind when I think of the big holiday is luck🌠, but a simple google search taught me that it means so much more, especially to people from Ireland.
Saint Patrick was the main bishop and patron who brought Christianity to Ireland. St. Patrick's Day is held on March 17th to celebrate him as it is the day in which he died. So it appears as though the actual holiday never came from a place of luck or leprechauns🍀. Saint Patrick used a shamrock☘️ to teach the trinity -- the Father, the Son, and Holy Ghost. Shamrocks were common, however a four-leaf clover (a shamrock with just one more leaf) was and still is rare. Welcome to the picture, luck. These four-leaf clovers are said to stand for 1) Faith, 2) Hope, 3) Love, and 4) Luck. I find it interesting that luck is what made it into my notebook at school.
Luck (n.): the force that seems to operate for good or ill in aperson's life, as in shaping circumstances, events,or opportunities.
I find it even more interesting that luck although usually introduced with a positive connotation, isn't always positive. For good or ill. Luck can fly either way. I personally believe in blessings. I think waiting for luck is wishful thinking. You won't be blessed with a car accident. You'll be blessed to be alive after being in a 15-car pile up. Blessings. Bright side.
Blessing (n.): a special favor, mercy, or benefit
Whereas it can totally be your luck that got you in that tragic 15-car pile up. Or maybe your bad luck.
I think blessings come from God and so they are a more sacrosanct and special thing. I don't know where luck comes from. Do you?
I feel like you can ask for a blessing through prayer whereas I don't know who you would ask for luck. Do you?
Despite this, sometimes I feel we're on the hunt🧐 for luck. And I'm not saying there's anything wrong with that. *You do you*. I do find problem though with just expecting the most awesome things to fall into your lap and luck awfully fits that makeup. I believe you can ask for blessings and work towards them, fight for them. I don't know how you fight for luck, which I suppose is a reason why we've seen 'thoughts & prayers' crossed out and replaced with 'action' lately.
But, let's be real. Originally luck wasn't alone. It was accompanied with faith, hope, and love. So let's be clear. Luck has never stood alone. You can get faith from a higher power, hope from the good in the world, and love from family and friends. But, again -- where do you get luck?
If you've been seeking luck...you don't have to stop. I just wanted to point this out, and hopefully start some sort of conversation because I truly don't know where you find this. I think when you put in work, and believe, something magical can happen, but it's just not luck in my eyes.
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Thank you for reading.
With ❤️and gratitude,