Updated: Feb 19, 2019
St. Patrick’s Day Journaling Challenge!
Have you ever heard the expression “luck of the Irish?” It’s a phrase quite common this time of year with St. Patrick’s Day. According to Edward T. O’Donnell, an Associate Professor of History at Holy Cross College, the term or phrase isn’t even Irish in origin! The second half of the 19th century was the gold and silver rush and the most successful miners were Irish and Irish American. Thus the association, however the phrase was condesending in nature, almost to say only by luck, with no thought, brains or hard work did these fools succeed.
Like all phrases it was molded by society and now mean something completely different to most of us than was originally intended. The word “luc” is short of “gheluc” a Middle Dutch terms meaning happiness or good fortune.
Back to our journaling challenge, why are you lucky? If we train our minds to think of the positive side of things, it does change our mental state and it does make us happier, without tons of green beer. If we start considering ourselves us lucky, the more “luck” or happiness or good fortune we will have.
So in our challenge, write down two things that make you lucky. It’s a little abstract, but can really help us move past just the JUST THINK POSITIVE THOUGHTS type mantras and help us understand some of the amazing things that we have going for us in a tangible way.
Positive thinking is mostly an inside job and luck outside. Think of some events, people or circumstances where you were simply just lucky. Finding that dollar note in your coat pocket from last season, lucky to win that prize, lucky that I opened up an avocado and it was actually edible! Focus on the small things and the big things will fall into place.
Have a happy, lucky March and we’ll see you next month!
Keep journaling, keep growing.