I have a knack; some say a gift, for finding 4-leaf clovers. I randomly discovered it last year after listening to a segment on NPR, where a girl discussed having been able to do it as a child and recently remembering her ability to do it.
This year, in a nod to just because and why not, I decided to keep track. As of this post I have found 111 4-leaf clovers this year. Most I have given to coworkers, who are probably sick of them by now, and family, but some I have given to random strangers. And when I give them one it’s as if I have given them a little optimism, a little hope, or maybe a chance for something more. Honestly, if it helps them get through their day a little easier, I’m happy to deal with the awkward initial interaction to do it.
The NPR segment also got me wondering what and where the derivation of the 4-leaf clover mystique came from. Well to no surprise it comes from Ireland, connecting back to Celtic priests and their connection to Shamrocks (3-leaf clovers). Apparently Shamrocks gave the Irish the ability to spot evil spirits coming and gave them time to escape, while the fourth leaf gave some additional magical protection and warded off bad luck. It was even thought that children holding them could see fairies. (FYI, I have never seen an evil spirit while holding one and my kids have never seen a fairy. Although they would love to.)
At the end of the day, what has this 4-leaf clover quest taught me? What wisdom can I pass on? I guess it’s that you should never stop trying new things and keep pushing yourself. Why not!? People have many more hidden gifts and talents than they realize hiding inside of them. They just need to get out of the ruts their life puts them in and try. It makes me wonder what I should try next.
And as a closing note and a random fun fact, for every 10,000 3-leaf clovers there is one 4-leaf clover. That means I’ve either looked at 1,110,000 clovers this year or I’m just a little lucky.