Saturday, March 4, 2017

Are You Feeling Lucky?

By Maureen L. Bonatch

I’ve got a lot of Irish blood in me, but I tell myself that I don’t believe in luck, that I make my own luck. But perhaps I’m not being totally honest with myself, because who wouldn’t want to believe in the ‘easy button’ in which luck could solve all of your troubles. Just considering the number of people who play the lottery confirms the masses that hope to run across a lucky streak.

I’m not much of a gambler, nor do I play the lottery as much as I hope to win it, but it seems I do find myself looking for luck in other ways.

I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover

Have you found your four-leaf clover yet? I did, a few times as a child. I held onto the cherished weed until it withered and dried. I kept waiting to see what kind of luck would befall me now that I’d spent hours sorting through masses of clover to find the alleged lucky clover.

Nothing spectacular happened. I suppose I could’ve dissected the event deeper, and deemed that perhaps the lucky leaf protected me from some other fate unbeknownst to me.

Cross Your Fingers

Since childhood, I’ve used the powerful method to will things to go my way, by crossing my fingers (Psst- sometimes I even cross my toes if I need some extra luck! That one’s a little trickier). I even promised this sacred sharing of luck to others when they are in need of a little good fortune.

Wishing On a Star

I’m a grown ass adult, but that won’t stop me from wishing on the first star I see in sky. I pretend I’m admiring the moon, or contemplating some deep thoughts when in reality I’m muttering the old nursery rhyme in my mind… “star light, star bright, first star that I see tonight, I wish I may, I wish I might, have this wish I wish tonight.”

Check that Horoscope

It’s for fun, I say. Yet, I read the darn thing everyday and if it’s a good one, I’m pretty sure there are some nuggets of truth nestled in there somewhere. Just look how many of my Virgo traits it already nailed, right?

Luck, and Superstition, Leaking into My Stories

With a moment or two of reflection, I realize some of this has leaked into my stories. 

In DestinyCalling, many of the residents hang a decoration not unlike a wind chime-like consisting of three masks featuring a horse, a snake and a dog to honor Hecate, and request “luck” and guidance in choosing the right path.

You can always find a method to support your belief in making your own luck if you want to cling to it. Besides—who wants to dispel the beauty of the magic in the world?

What's Your Lucky Charm?

About Me:
Maureen Bonatch dreamt of becoming a Solid Gold Dancer. When the show ended, she followed other paths. Surviving twins gave her confidence to belly dance, declare herself a tequila connoisseur and biker babe to her alpha hubby. She lives in small town Pennsylvania and her love of the four seasons—biking, sweat pants, hockey and hibernation—keeps her there. While immersed in paranormal romance and fantasy, she survives on caffeine, wine, music and laughter. A feisty Shih Tzu keeps her in line.

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Susan Coryell said...

I am lucky to live on a lake with my hubs of 50 years' marriage and lucky to have 3 healthy children and 7 magnificent grand kids. REALLY lucky to be published by The Wild Rose Press! Good luck to you!

Maureen said...

Susan It does sound like you're very lucky! Thanks so much for visiting.

Diane Burton said...

People used to say my daughter is lucky. I always said she was in the right place at the right time and took advantage of opportunities. I'm not as "lucky" as she is, but I try to take advantage of opportunities. I'm lucky that when good friends said they'd fix me up with me up with a guy, I said sure. That was 45 years ago and we're still together. Luck or taking advantage of an opportunity? Because of that, we have 2 great kids and 3 wonderful grandkids and are enjoying a great retirement. Luck or...? Wishing you the luck of the Irish, Maureen.

Kara O'Neal said...

I've got a thing for the number 7 and pennies. I would have to say I do believe when I see my lucky number or when I find a penny, I feel as if the day is gonna go my way. Does it really? I don't know, but seeing my "lucky charms" always puts me in a better mood!

Maureen said...

Oh I forgot about pennies..."find a pennie pick it up, all the day you have good luck", right? Although someone tried to tell me it had to be 'heads' or something but I prefer to believe any pennie should be lucky, right?

Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

Love the post Maureen!
I believe in luck and magic and faith and destiny and miracles....I also believe in the power of thoughts and prayers and words.

Good luck and God's blessings

Marissa Garner said...

Great post. Luck is fun, but it's fickle.