"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." —J. R. R. Tolkien

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Are you feeling lucky?

In my belief, we make our own luck. If I want to have a lucky week, I need to believe it's a lucky week. I need to believe good things will happen to me.

"I've found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often."
-- Brian Tracy, Author

"I am a great believer in luck, and I find that the harder I work, the more I have of it."
-- Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States of America

"Luck is a state of mind ."
--Chris Lianos

"Luck is when preparation meets opportunity."
-- Brian Tracy, Author

"If you dont have any luck, you need to make your own."
--Mick Juby

In the vein of thinking lucky, I take every opportunity I get to wish on a star, to throw a penny in a fountain, to write a note on the wish tree in the Hirshorn Scuplture Garden in DC. (btw, if you get to DC, I highly recommend this. I love the Hirshorn Sculplture Garden.)

Do you see my wish?

I also give you my favorite place to throw pennies in when I'm in DC.

Take the time to dip your feet, also.

Okay, in my effort to spread my lucky thoughts for the week, I'm giving away a horseshoe. And all you need to do for your chance to win this awesome, rusty, full-of-luck horseshoe, is leave me a comment before Friday.

This horseshoe could be yours!

So who's in? I challenge you to think lucky for the week. Believe you are lucky and then believe it some more. And have a great week!


T. Anne said...

PJ how did you know it was my lucky week? I'll check back in and let you know just how awesome it was ;)

Danyelle said...

Awesome! I love the bush. Very poetic. :D

In the words of the great Edna Mole (Mode?): Luck favors the prepared.

I agree--our luck tends to run directly proportional to the amount of effort we expend. :D In other words, I am very unlucky when it comes to housework. B-)

Christine M said...

I once wished on a falling star - the wish came true too. :)

Yes, we make our own luck. Though sometimes bad luck finds us without any effort on our part (I drove over a screw today and got a flat tire - luckily I got home before it went completely flat and my husband and brother-in-law were able to fix it).

Are you sure it's a good idea to give away your lucky horseshoe?

PJ Hoover said...

I just knew, T. Anne! I think it's lucky energy in the air!

I googled it, Danyelle, because I didn't know. Edna Mode. I would have guessed Mole, too. Ah, housework. I vow to clean my toilets this week :)

Very cool, Chris, on the shooting star! Maybe getting the screw was lucky in some way, Chris. One will never know. And I've secured a second lucky horseshoe for this event!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

I consider it my very good luck to have met you. I love that tree!

Miriam S.Forster said...

Wow, great thoughts PJ!

I think we all are more lucky than we realize. The ones we identify as "lucky" are usually the ones who are ready to take advantage of opportunities when they come up.

Me, I have a loving husband, a warm blanket and a good job. I'd say I'm pretty lucky already!

Keri Mikulski said...

Totally agree! :)

Corey Schwartz said...

How did I live in Dc for four years and not know about that tree?

storyqueen said...

I had a horseshoe just like that when I was a kid. It hung over the door of my garage.

I agree, you have to give luck a chance to work for you. The more chances you give it, the more it will show up.


Tess said...

ha! It's going to cost you a small fortune to mail that horseshoe :D

And, I agree. I think we make much of our own luck. Funny how 'lucky' people are often the ones who also work so darn hard.

beth said...

Yup, I'm all for the "make your own luck" mentality...although if I had a wishing tree, I think I'd use that, too!

PJ Hoover said...

Ah, Tricia, you are so sweet! I feel the same way!

You are lucky, Miriam! And yes, taking advantage of opportunities is key!

Great minds think alike, Keri!

PJ Hoover said...

If it's any consolation, Corey, I've been there tons of times but this past summer was my first wish tree experience.

Nice thoughts, Shelley! I'll give luck all the chances I can!

Lucky people do work hard, Tess. And stay busy! Yes, my horseshoe fortune will bring me luck in return I think :)

PJ Hoover said...

Next time I'm there, Beth, I'll collect wishes from everyone and put them on the tree!

Lady Glamis said...

I didn't get to do either of those things in DC, darn it!

I believe we make our own luck, too. I've certainly had my lucky breaks throughout life. I know there will be more, too. :)

B.J. Anderson said...

That is an awesome tree! And I couldn't have said it better myself. We make our own luck. And it would be awesome to win the horseshoe. :D I used to keep one of those in my bedroom when I was a kid.

PJ Hoover said...

Now you'll just have to go back to DC, Michelle! And there is plenty more luck ahead for you.

I need a tree like that in my backyard, BJ. Hmmm...not a bad idea, is it?

adrienne said...

I love the wish tree! Great quotes, too. I'm feeling luckier already.

PJ Hoover said...

It's working, Adrienne! You are proof!

Trisha Pearson said...

I love that wish tree! Luck is a funny thing. I believe I'm a lucky person, except at winning drawings and contests. Hmmm. Maybe that's exactly why I never win.

MG Higgins said...

Great way to start the week! Thanks for the positive kick off.

PJ Hoover said...

Maybe so, Trisha! Think lucky and maybe you'll win the horseshoe!

You're welcome, MG! I love starting the week off with a kickstart!

Christina Farley said...

I did a post last week on Writers luck! I like your pictures and how they link up to your topics.

PJ Hoover said...

I loved your post, Christina! The more luck the better!

Vivian said...

I love this post, PJ!

The wish tree is great--I've never heard of it.

Here's to luck!

Christine M said...

I was thinking about this post today when one of my college friends announced on facebook that he just was caller number five to a radio show and won two tickets to the opening game of the World Series.

Now that's lucky!

Solvang Sherrie said...

Yay for luck!

We had those wishing trees in Pasadena for a while and the kids and I left wishes there. I loved that concept.

Thanks for the luck--I need it this week!

C.R. Evers said...

I'm feeling so lucky that I know I'm going to win the lucky horse shoe! Luck is on my side, so . . . how can the horse shoe not be mine?


fun contest!

Stacy Nyikos said...

Oooooh, yes. A lucky horseshoe. The one piece of magical luck I'm missing!

PJ Hoover said...

Thank you, Vivian! I love the tree so much, I want to put on in my front yard.

Your friend was lucky, Chris, and so are we!

How cool they are in Pasedena also, Sherrie! Double luck!

PJ Hoover said...

The horseshoe must be yours, Christy! Won't it be cool if you win :)

I owe you one, Stacy! And you have good luck anyway!

Christy Raedeke said...

I love this post! I am a compulsive wisher as well, and never let a white horse, penny, or star go un-wished-upon. Now I really MUST go see that wish tree in DC...

Lenore said...

Good luck!

ElanaJ said...

Oooh, I love this idea of believing in luck. I love the Thomas Jefferson quote.

Robyn Campbell said...

I'm in! Whew. I made it in time. I was at the doctor with my son today, but really wanted to comment.

PJ, I DO believe we make our own luck! That said, I believe it is a state of mind. If we're negative all the time then we're not going to know luck, or good fortune when it comes knockin' on our door. If we stay positive then WOOHOO! Luck is gonna visit us and soon. So I'm trying to stay positive, even when the rejection email comes. Because I know that I know that I know, I'm going to be published. I wish I knew when. But I don't. :)

Sweet post my friend. Thanks. :)

PJ Hoover said...

It's like we're wishing soulmates, Christy!

Thanks, Lenore! You, too!

They are some amazing quotes, aren't they, Elana?

You have such a great attitude, Robyn! I'm so glad you made it in time! (Though aren't you a country gal with lotsa horseshoes of your own?)

Kelly H-Y said...

What a fantastic post! It made me smile! Love that tree!

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Kelly! I'm glad you got a smile!