I’ve struggled to decide how to recap the quest for a good luck charm. I don’t have one. I do pick up pennies when I see them…head’s up or not…and I enjoy seeing a rainbow as much as the next person but I don’t consider either of those things to be particularly lucky. When I think about being lucky it’s hard not to just talk about my family. I’m fairly sure droning on and on about what a great family you have is equivalent to showing someone all 400 of your vacation photos. Lucky, blessed, favored, charmed. Different people call it different things. So, let the record show that I’m lucky to have the family and friends that I have, to be healthy, and to have enough money for the things we need.
Instead of searching for one of the previously listed good luck symbols, I’ve decided to craft a new list of the things that make me feel lucky when I find them.
In no particular order:
Good parking spot
Last Coke in the fridge
No line at post office, bank, etc.
Desired shoes in the correct size (bonus if on sale)
No one in seat next to you on plane
Beautiful weather on day off
Wildlife sighting: bunny, deer, bird (sorry, robin, you only count after a long winter)
Photo of self that could be used on social media
No one waiting for library book you need to renew
Watching crucial TV episode before someone spoils it for you
There you have it. That’s what good luck looks like in my life. What about you? What things would make your own list? I find the more things in my life that I can label as being lucky the better. Luck is relative. I try to give myself permission to find the glass half full whenever I can. Some days it’s harder than others but nothing feels better than a sign that things are going your way.
Before you go…my family has adopted the saying, “we got here just in time”. We use it anytime we go somewhere and suddenly a lot of people show up after us. I suppose this makes us feel lucky but it also helps us emphasize the half-full glass. Never mind that the last time we went to PF Chang’s we waited an hour, this time, “we got here just in time”.
We are on a quest. A quest for luck to be precise. FIND YOUR LUCKY CHARM. I don’t really consider myself to be a particularly lucky person. I’m not unlucky but I’ve certainly never felt like I was destined to win the lottery or that a trip to Vegas would be anything other than a chance to catch a couple of shows and probably eat too much. And, that’s fine with me. I’ve somewhat held to the notion (fairly ridiculous upon re-examination) that any stroke of incredibly unlikely good luck (a one-in-a-million lottery purse) could make you just as likely to be plucked from the masses for an incredibly unlucky fate (being struck by lightning). The idea being that I’d rather be one of the many unremarkable folks moving through life managing an average amount of both good and bad luck. I’ll pass on the one-in-a-million opportunity because odds are it could be the bad one-in-a-million not the good.
I do believe you make your own luck in many situations. But, there are some people who just seem to be luckier than others. When our daughters were in grade school we used a common deciding tool for many everyday situations: the coin toss. Over time a unusual pattern developed, Rachel won-if not every toss-almost all of them. It got so bad that when we would even mention tossing a coin as a means to resolution Elisabeth would cry. Coin tosses became a thing of the past as we adopted a more, shall we say, flexible mode of decision: pick a number. I wouldn’t say that Rachel is any luckier in life than Elisabeth but she certainly had a way with a quarter.
Our guiding book suggests being “on the lookout for these 10 symbols of good luck”:
Let’s talk about some of these lucky symbols. Obviously, I will not be on the lookout for a rabbit’s foot. I’m embarrassed to admit that at some point during my childhood I won a rabbit’s foot keychain at the state fair and didn’t think one bit about it being awful or disgusting! Frankly, I can’t believe it’s still on this list. Thanksgiving was the big day for the wishbone. That’s a pretty disgusting one, too. Really kind of a messed up version of making a wish after blowing out your birthday candles. But, you have to battle for the chance to make the wish. I had no idea that bamboo was considered good luck. Maybe lucky symbols are regional? In Oklahoma, you get a rabbit’s foot and in Florida you get bamboo? Does bamboo even grow in the US? It might be tricky to find. Does it count if you buy it at the store?
Do you have a good luck charm? A lucky number? I am partial to the number 10, probably like everyone else born on the 10th. Does anyone have a lucky number that isn’t the number of their birthday? Do you have a superstitious routine required before you complete a particular task? Superstitions and luck are close relatives. I’m a knock-wood and fingers-crossed type of person. I’ll admit it. I say them without even thinking about it! I’m not sure that I know what I consider to be my good luck charms. Join me as I try to determine what I think brings me good luck. Keep your eyes open for some of these good luck symbols. Let me know if you come across any along the way and maybe together we can find all ten! I mean, all nine…you know which one we are skipping.
Before you go…did you know that your odds of being struck by lightning during a single year are 1 in 960,000. Your odds of being struck by lightning twice in your lifetime are 1 in 9 million, which is still a higher chance than winning on of those giant Powerballs!