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She’s Gotta Have It

In Cartoons, Children's Literacy, History, K-12 Education, Television on March 18, 2011 at 11:58 AM

The shamrock is Ireland’s most famous symbol. The shamrock is also commonly associated with good luck. How come? And what is good luck anyway? Do you really wanna have it?

Celtic scholars have learned that the shamrock was a charm to ward away evil. While the origins of the shamrock may be lost in antiquity, legend has it that St. Patrick plucked a shamrock from Irish soil because to him it symbolized the Trinity- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

“Evil” in the eyes of the British born Catholic saint then would have taken on a variety of forms. At the age of sixteen, Patrick was taken prisoner by a group of Irish raiders who were attacking his wealthy family’s estate.

They transported him to Ireland where he spent six years slaving as a shepherd, outdoors, away from people. Lonely and afraid, he turned to his religion for solace, becoming a devout Christian. (It is also believed that Patrick first began to dream of converting the Irish people to Christianity during his captivity.)

He relied on his religion to help him cope with a very difficult period in his life and then devoted his life to it. He had good luck, right? defines luck as

Isaiah 65:11 offers up this take on luck:

“But YOU men are … forgetting my holy mountain, those setting… a table for the god of Good Luck and …the god of Destiny.”

Doesn’t sound so much like good luck is such a good thing to call down on oneself. Even the sentence usage examples are cradled in irony and luck can go either way.

That’s the reason I came up with the phrase “Goodwill Energy.” Goodwill means exactly what it says: friendly disposition; benevolence; kindness. It’s cheerful acquiescence or consent. No ironic underpinning. Pretty unambiguous, too.

The Legal Dictionary, with reference to commerce and business, defines the word as:

an intangible asset that is made up of the favor or prestige which a business has acquired beyond the mere value of what it sells due to the personality or experience of those conducting it, their reputation for skill or dependability, the business’s location, or any other circumstance incidental to the business that tends to draw and retain customers.

Goodwill is only good. And it has its own energy that attracts goodwill.  Goodwill Energy has gotten me through a lot and that without complaining or publishing it anywhere. It’s better than luck, because you can rely on it.


So the next time you find yourself reaching fur that horseshoe, that rabbit’s foot or that dried and pressed four leaf clover, reign down a little (((((((Goodwill Energy))))))) on yourself! You never lose it ’cause all you have to do is put your lips together and… Open up your heart.

Goodwill Energies I project
Upon each and every one of you
Each and every day!

“And there came to be evening and there came to be morning…”

That’s life today.

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