Luck of the Irish For the Non-Irish
It’s St. Patrick’s day soon and there is something about being Irish that is always associated with lucky. And why is this? I asked this myself to my good friend Google. There were a few theories but these two made the most sense …
- “The saying refers to the fact that the Irish people have come through such overwhelming adversity and have come out on top and kicking! It must be luck… or true perseverance.” From Wiki Answer
- “The term originates from many centuries ago when an Irishman by the name of Times Shermend was out in the valley and drank so much whiskey that he ended up stumbling off a huge cliff and landed in a huge patch of clovers that saved his life. This explains why Irishmen love the clover.” From Wiki Answer
I prefer the first theory and my favorite quote from my golfing husband is “The more I practice, the luckier I get.” This quote is so popular that it’s attributed to Gary Player, Arnold Palmer and Lee Trevino. I have another theory about luck too … it’s the baby step before self-confidence. Sometimes it’s just easier to believe in a magical, lucky charm than to believe in yourself.
There is a great middle grade chapter book by Sarah Aronson that manages to be a soccer book, a coming of age book, and a book that explores the idea of self confidence versus luck. That maybe it’s a karmic relationship of one begetting the other and vice versa.
by Sarah Aronson
I’m not Irish but I’m married to a Korean and Koreans are considered the Irish of Asia. On a recent vacation to Florida, we spent two days fishing for trout, red fish and sheepheads. By the second day, all of us — my 3 kids included — were casting pretty well but when we fished for the elusive red fish, our boat captain launched the lines for us because they had to be placed precisely 150 yards away in the shadows of a bush. Overshooting the mark meant a tangled mess in the branches. We were impressed and joked that the more he practiced, the luckier he got. But I guess the luck of the Irish was with us because my middle bagged the only red fish of the day. I didn’t get one, but then I not half Korean like she is!
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