I grew up believing that my dad's family had roots in Ireland. So, naturally I embraced all things Irish.
Last year I realized that I was mislead my entire life.
A 23 and Me genetic test confirmed I am mostly English, not Irish. I experienced a bit of an identity crisis. Every time I saw something "Irish" or even green (my favorite color) around my home, I wondered, "should I get rid of that?"
I think this is one bad reason for labeling yourself and over-identifying with something. Because when it's ripped away from you… what do you do? Many people go into depression… like their purpose in life is gone. But that's a whole other topic for a future blog post!
So, as I was thinking about St. Patrick's Day, I pondered what does "The Luck of the Irish" really mean???
If you think about the history of the Irish… they got screwed big time. And then there was the potato famine… and then being treated like 3rd class citizens upon their arrive to the U.S. (until the mid-late 1900's).
Who calls that good luck? Or isn't it meant to be bad luck?
I've said this many times, but I'll say it again… WE MAKE OUR OWN LUCK. "Luck" is chance that has nothing to do with our own actions. Nothing happens by chance (in my opinion), though.
How? It's all in our attitude. The Irish went through a lot of bad situations… but they didn't die off. Because of their (mostly) positive outlook and sense of humor, they were able to make it through seemingly devastating circumstances.
We have a choice to fall into a depression and waste away because a part of us is ripped away… or we can reframe the circumstance and try to see the positive side of what is happening to us. We can choose to see the opportunity in failure (and in success).
The next time you think of the word "luck" think of it as opportunity instead.
You have the opportunity to be happy or miserable. You choose.
Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!
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