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St. Patrick’s Day Contest: Finding Joy in the Simple Things

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Ireland. The very word brings to mind magic, music, beauty and luck. Every story I’ve ever read or watched about the Irish depicts deeply rooted relationships and people who understand how to find joy in the simple things in life. The charming legends of Leprechauns dance through your imagination as you see the misty meadows of the countryside. The majestic castles hide historic secrets of danger and passion from centuries past. It is, perhaps, the most romantic of all countries. There are so many things I would want to do and see in Ireland that there may not be enough time to do them all! I want to see shepherds minding their flocks in the grassy hills. I dream of sleeping in a great stone castle and feel it’s history seep into my consciousness as I rest. I want to visit a bawdy pub and pretend that I am, at least a little bit, a part of the comradery and fun as I hoist my mug into the air. I want to make a complete fool of myself at an attempt at traditional Irish dancing. I want to laugh until my sides ache and wrap myself in the warmth of the people I have read about and loved for all my life. I believe those people exist in real life, not just in the pages of a book. These people know how to love deeply and live life to the fullest. They value the important things in life such as family, friends and traditions. They are fiercely loyal to those they love, their country and especially their sports teams…. I need to step away from my everyday life and immerse myself in the world of people who seem to be able to value what is important and let go of what they can’t control. I could really use some lessons in that…

But most intriguing to me about Ireland, and it’s people, is the idea of luck. Luck and the Irish are so interconnected that you can’t think of one without thinking of the other. I mean, in one way or another, who doesn’t want to get lucky? From the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, to kissing the Blarney Stone, the Irish are all about luck. Luck is such an unusual concept. It means different things to different people. It could be winning the lottery, finding the perfect partner or many other physical things. But to me, as I observe the Irish, luck is a way of being. It is living your life as if something great is just about to happen. It is dreaming of better things in store with the belief that they really will materialize. It is wrapping yourself in the misty blanket of hope and knowing there is a brighter tomorrow on the way. I need that kind of luck in my life. The kind that moves me from one day to the next, knowing that my life is capable of greater things, which with a bit of luck, are already on their way! It is my hope that a bit of Irish luck is already blessing my life, sending me to this place of magic and memories!

 


 

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