How Lucky Are You?

I love Frank Sinatra! Since it’s Thursday (it is Thursday, right?) I thought I would do a little throwback from this oldie but goodie.

I wonder if you think you’re lucky or if you even believe in luck at all. A lot of people have different ways of hoping or asking for luck which I find fascinating.

One of my favorites is the waving cat, the Maneki-neko. While it is a Japanese figurine, you have probably seen it in a Chinese restaurant you frequent. It’s that tacky gold thing that sits by the cashier and waves an arm at you.

Then there is the Lucky Bamboo plant. It’s a Feng Shui thing. It is supposed to bring more luck, health and positive energy to your home, but you will also find them in a lot of restaurants or nail salons.

I go to a place that has the cat and the plants and a lot of fountains they don’t want you to touch. I love all of it because I love traditions, but I guess they aren’t for everybody.

Then we have the four leaf clover, the horseshoe and the rabbits foot. While a bit off-putting, I guess you are pretty lucky if you can find a four leaf clover or catch a horse or a rabbit because they are so fast.

Then there are fish. I can tell you all about them because my oldest has had tanks full of them in his room since he was 12. A black fish in a tank absorbs negativity within the house that may have been meant for its owner. If he dies you have to get a new one. We’ve had a few. I’m not sure if that says anything about the energy of our house, or the fact that the tank might not get cleaned as often as it should.

Koi fish are really special and we tried to build a pond for them a few years ago but wound up getting goldfish for it instead. They now live at my sisters house in her pond and have grown exponentially.

Some people like crystals. They think they bring them luck and also positive energy. I do like crystals and have a few, but I like them because they are colorful and sparkly and I’m pretty sure they haven’t done much for me in the luck department. Most girls like sparkly things so I don’t think I’m too weird for having some.

Luck. Is it that simple? Do we need to just buy a few items and place them in our home or under our pillow or wherever we see fit in order to have the magic happen?

Or is luck something totally different? If you look up the actual meaning, it says, happening by chance as in fortuitous. But in order for something to happen by chance, don’t you have to take them?

Which is what makes me wonder if luck is really a thing. Maybe what we perceive as luck is merely listening to our hearts and going for things we want. Taking that leap of faith, going out on a limb, run the risk, stick one’s neck out, take a shot in the dark, throw caution to the wind.

There are a myriad of ways to describe going for that which makes us happy, but I don’t think luck has anything to do with it at all. Luck is merely a perception. If something goes well, we assume we are lucky. If it does not, we might say, “damn the luck!” like luck had anything to do with it at all.

We are our luck. We are the ones who get to make our choices, the ones who get to take those chances and the ones who get to decide if after all is said and done, if it was worth it or not.

So…how lucky are you? On a scale from 1-10, I’d say I’m an 11. I don’t believe any of the inspiration that comes to me to create things has anything at all to do with luck. I think it has everything to do with me honoring the thoughts as they come and then knowing without a doubt, which ones to act on and not being afraid to do so.

I have no regrets, because I’ve pretty much acted on all of my inner promptings. Some may not have worked out the way I had hoped, but in the end, I do see that they worked out for the best.

Is this luck? Nah, I think it’s just called living. In order to live we have to experience and in order to experience, we have to follow our hearts, no matter how scary.

So, how lucky are you?

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gretchenlynnallison

I’m a creative. This means I live in my head, my heart and my imagination; simultaneously. I love acting, modeling, writing and coming up with new ideas to help inspire others.

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