Have you ever found a four-leaf clover?
When I was a kid, my grandparents’ backyard was full of clovers…but mostly the three-leaf variety. I’d spend summertime Saturday afternoons lying in the grass gazing across a sea of sprouts for that one chance I’d find the lucky four. I can’t tell you how many hours in my lifetime I hunted for that rare item. I persisted week after week and one day I finally found one. It was a magical moment.
That’s what luck feels like, doesn’t it? Like a stroke of magic that rewards us for our efforts to attain something. And we all want that special thing to touch us in life, don’t we? That thing that’s going to make our journey easier.
I found myself recently challenged by the notion of “luck” and “good timing”—and just how under-estimated they are when people claim success or blessings. As an adult, I’ve been jaded to think that luck and good timing are things we can’t control and therefore if I’m unsuccessful or something unfortunate happens, I’m “unlucky.” But I want to change that story.
LUCK is a powerful thing, but there are other four-letter words that I encourage you to keep in your pocket for when your talismanic journey takes unfortunate turns.
CLUE - Keep curious to the world around you. Those curious interests are clues. One blade of grass leads to another, and maybe an ant leads to another, and then that ant leads to a ladybug, and then that ladybug leads to a cricket…who happens to be sitting right by what you’ve been searching for all along.
LOOK - Persist to see outside yourself. See your world and the people in it in new and kind ways. Be the light in someone’s day.
GROW - Prune the old to allow for new shoots. Nothing in life stays the same for very long. Take time to heal from the past and nourish the present.
SHOW - Connect and share the big and little wonders of your world with others. You matter.
HOPE - A four-leaf clover can be a talisman, but it can just be a powerless trophy, too. What if you’ve had a sprig of luck inside you all along? Water it with belief and see if it grows.