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This St. Patrick's Day, Make Your Own Luck

Make your own luckTell me you haven’t been in my shoes. You’re out somewhere, maybe the grocery store, maybe the mall, when you see her. She’s getting out of her expensive car, she looks like a model fresh from the hair salon, she’s impeccably dressed, and society’s version of the perfect size.

“She’s really lucky,” you think, because the alternative is to really look within you, and that can be uncomfortable.

It makes me feel bad about myself when I’m inside these stores (that are, let’s be honest, there to make you buy things to make yourself feel more stylish, fashionable, and thin) and I see all these people who clearly have more than I (even though, hello? they only spend more, you can never know what’s in someone’s wallet) and I get green with envy.

But envy doesn’t help anyone. Not at all. So, on this, the luckiest day of the year (at least for all of us who’s last names are so Irish you’ll find them in the Hallmark section on half of the cards!), we’ll talk about how to make your own luck. Specifically, how you can make the rest of this year your luckiest yet.

Fact 1: Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.

So, to be a luckier person, you must be prepared for the opportunities that come your way. And you must see these opportunities for what they are. Don’t close your eyes to them, or they’ll pass you right on by, and they’ll land on the next person who is more prepared. If you’re prepared, you can not only see opportunities where others don’t, but you can also create your own opportunities.

Fact 2: Luck only gets you so far.

Sure, you could get lucky and end up in the same elevator as Warren Buffet, but then what? You must act boldly when you strike your luck. If you get lucky at a casino or win the lottery, that’s fantastic! But now what are you going to do? Don’t rely on luck alone, or you’ll end up right back where you were before (or worse!).

Fact 3: People who say they are lucky are underplaying the role hard work played in their life.

It’s easy for someone to say they are lucky after their hard work has paid off. But no one feels lucky toiling away, week after week, working toward a goal that seemed far away at first, but got closer every step. On the other hand, we’re all lucky to be here, aren’t we?

Fact 4: Envy will get you nowhere good.

Oh, sure, I can get pretty down on myself when I see that other people have things that I don’t. But it doesn’t do me any good, and thinking negatively about someone you don’t know does nothing good for your mood. If you want to be lucky, you have to have your mind ready for luck, and a mind that is constantly thinking negatively about the actions of someone else is not a mind that is ready to find her four-leaf clover.

Embrace the idea of lucky charms.

Not the cereal, no. But if you have something meaningful that makes you feel a little differently (whether that’s a crystal, a special piece of jewelry, or a power suit like my mom) embrace it. Use it as a talisman. If it gives you power, if it changes the way you feel, it is a lucky charm.

If you’re around people that would make you feel silly for having a lucky charm, then, goodness gracious don’t tell them about it! Keep the magic, and let them think your old bracelet has sentimental value, and nothing else.

So, make your own luck! And as the old Irish blessing goes,

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Image by slezer44

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