Friday, March 18, 2011

Luck of the Irish


I read a great post this morning about St. Patrick's Day and luck, and it seems like an appropriate time of year to share it.

St. Patrick's Day is synonymous with luck: shamrocks, leprechauns and pots of gold. Most of us seem to have a love/hate relationship with luck. On one hand we hope and wish for it, we buy lottery tickets and we encourage it with any number of lucky charms. On the the other hand we resent it for not showing up when we want it to and bemoan the fact that we just do no have any of it.

So what do we need to do to take full advantage of luck? Well, we need to be open to luck or if you prefer to call it, opportunity and be willing to accept the possibility of luck, it can be quite a gift. Luck can be that unexpected turn of events that lands you in exactly the right spot at the right time. Luck can be getting stuck behind a slow driver much to your frustration but maybe to realise that two minutes earlier would have put you in the place of the accident you just passed. Coincidence? Maybe, probably, or you could think of it as luck.

If you want to invite luck into your life you have to be ready to embrace the unexpected. We have a choice; we can see a sudden change of plans as a disruption or we can see it as luck's divine hand. Instead of fighting what could be seen as a diversion or detour, ask yourself what could come out of this unexpected turn. To embrace luck we must embrace possibility. Quite often it is after you let go of the plan that your ideas take flight.

So you need to believe in luck and oh yes, you need to be prepared for luck. It's no use just kicking your shoes off, sitting back and waiting for that lucky leprechaun to arrive at your door with a pot of gold. No, get up and get cracking so that you are ready when hard work meets opportunity.

There's one more thing about being ready for luck, you have to be present. Yes, you have to be out in the field bright and early to spot that four leaf clover. We simply can't sit back in our life bemoaning the fact the we never have any luck. Luck is not going to fund us unless we are actively engaged in all of our endeavours.

So as you experience the possibility of life changes, be willing to accept the possibility of luck. We need to leave room for luck in our lives as we navigate the twists and turns of our journey. Luck is a gift, perhaps from the leprechauns.

~ Courtesy of Toby Siverton, PhD and Bev McLagan, PhD.

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