St. Patrick’s Day today, and there are all varieties of celebrations going on. Mom and I are just doing a quiet corned beef and cabbage dinner.
For this week’s blog, it all brought to my mind the term Luck o’ the Irish. Curious, I asked Google to help me with that. It took me to Irish Central where I found this perspective:
“According to Edward T. O’Donnell, an Associate Professor of History at Holy Cross College and author of ‘1001 Things Everyone Should Know About Irish American History,’ the term is not Irish in origin.
‘During the gold and silver rush years in the second half of the 19th century, a number of the most famous and successful miners were of Irish and Irish American birth. . . .Over time this association of the Irish with mining fortunes led to the expression ‘luck of the Irish.’ Of course, it carried with it a certain tone of derision, as if to say, only by sheer luck, as opposed to brains, could these fools succeed.'”
I’m an American “mutt”. I have a gene pool that came from many different cultures and countries, and much of that is Irish, so I took offense to the thought that my ancestors may have been considered ignorant. Yet, society seems to enjoy taking any number of identifiable groups of people and putting them down for not being very smart (and who’s defining that??).
After spending months now in the Master Key MasterMind Alliance class #MKE, I’ve come to learn that “luck” actually takes a LOT of brain power, hard mental work of the mind, to create success and fortune. And quite frankly, it takes some real luck too! Normally, luck means success or failure by chance. We’re taught to ignore the fact that we have any control or any insight into “chance”.
Not so, based on this course. As Trish Abeloff mentioned in our last webinar, if our actions are motivated by love, if we amplify our intentions with passionate desire, then the energy we need to create will come from love, from nature, from the power that holds the universe together.
For me, if you call it God, the Holy Spirit, the Universal Mind, whatever term you use to explain that special magic that is the source of life — well, connect with it in the quiet and the silence and you can begin to tap into that power, to make yourself better and happier, to create a better world, to improve your “chances” of success. My comment in Irish slang, “Savage!” (for Great or Brilliant)
All of us have that available. We all can move forward in life giving love, and connecting with the higher power to become our higher selves. Just have to make a choice and take a chance. So from the bottom of my heart, I wish you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day filled with luck!!