This post is to bring awareness of fresh beginnings and a great time for self-reflection.

March 5th, 2020 – total read time 7min. Written and submitted by – Joyce C Wood

Happy March- End of the first quarter of 2020 and  Pre-spring season!

I love this time of year in so many ways- Seeing the cherry trees and flowers blooming; the sounds of birds chirping. I just love seeing and hearing these on my daily walks with Bella, my yorkiepoo. Such a magical time of year!

How are your New Year’s Resolutions/Goals Going?

For me, I tend to work on these:
Daily- weekly- monthly- quarterly and of course towards the last quarter- year end.

So far so great! Since taking my hopes & dreams, doing some self-reflection, and breaking them down to easy actionable steps I have accomplished a lot to date. #1 Choixdvie was established on January 8th- 2020!

I have learned from a varied number of sources which I’m happy to share directly with you. I would like to create a more personalized approach to referrals and invite your questions. I have both audio & hard copy books; I have bookmarked excellent podcasts on goal setting too. With audio I can send you a FREE book so, Please ask me if you are interested. 
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Today, I have a really sweet story to share with you from a good friend who prefers to remain anonymous. I talked with her the other day regarding health and lifestyle choices. She brought to my attention the importance of being happy and depending on self-reflection. How simply focusing on being happy can bring about a positive change in your life. This is so true, simple pleasures can make a huge difference in how we face our lives.

I hope you enjoy her post.. 

Blessings, Joyce

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Four-Leaf Clovers are the most famous Universal symbol of Good Luck. Many cultures from different time periods held powerful mythologies about them.

Christian legends say Eve took a four-leaf clover with her out of the Garden of Eden as a reminder of paradise. Because of this, it is believed that anyone who possesses a four-leaf clover holds a little bit of that lost paradise.

Most famously, Saint Patrick of Ireland used the shamrock, a three-leaf clover, to explain the Holy Trinity. The fourth leaf was said to represent Gods Grace and all the abundance that Grace affords.
Ancient Egyptians bestowed newlyweds with a four-leaf clover as a symbol of their enduring love and to bless their union.

Druids used four-leaf clovers in healing rituals and believed they warded off evil spirits and all forms of bad luck.

Celtic folk lore taught four-leaf clovers allowed a person to see fairies, while other myths say a they help you find true love and lead you to your soul mate.

Many believe it is easier to find a four-leaf clover in Ireland than it is anywhere else in the world. This is where the phrase, “The Luck of the Irish” originated.

It is commonly believed the leaves represent faith, hope, love and luck. A fifth leaf represents wealth and a sixth symbolizes fortune.

Lucky Clovers are very rare. The odds of finding a four leaf are one in ten thousand, the odds of finding a five-leaf are one in a million, and it is so rare to find a six leaf that there aren’t even odds for finding one.

It is unanimously believed finding a four-leaf clover will bring you good luck, so when you find one, you make a wish. When this happens, for just one moment we believe like a child does again. This is the magic of Lucky Clovers.

Former President Abraham Lincoln was a believer. He carried a four-leaf clover with him everywhere he went, but the night he was assassinated, he did not have it with him. It makes you wonder if there really is something to the enduring legend of the Lucky Clovers.

But what is Luck anyway? The word luck originates from the Middle Dutch word gheluc which is often shortened to luc and means happiness and good fortune. The dictionary defines luck as good fortune that happens seemingly by chance. So luck is unexpected good that occurs seemingly out of nowhere.

The one thing all of us human beings have in common is that we all want to be happy, and who wouldn’t want unexpected good things to come out of nowhere? Naturally we start to wonder, can we actively cultivate good luck? What can we do to become lucky? Is this even possible?

The answer to this question causes us to leave of the realm of mythology and enter the even more mysterious world of neuroscience.

Modern research continues to confirm the old adage ‘perception is reality’. We quite literally see what we believe. This is because there is simply too much information in our environment for us to consciously be aware of at any given time.

Research tell us we are only consciously aware of .0001% of all there is to experience at any given moment. Since our conscious awareness has such a relatively low capacity, our minds take on the task of filtering in only information that relates to what we are thinking about. Likewise, it will filter out any information that is considered irrelevant to the task at hand.

Our minds treat what we are thinking about moment by moment as goals we are trying to achieve and so it reveals to us any information in the environment that can help us out. This makes perfect sense if you really think about it, if our minds didn’t filter information, we would be completely overwhelmed with too much data. If our minds did not filter based on what we are thinking about and trying to do, we would have a really hard time navigating through space and time.

A very interesting study was done based on this topic. Researchers had participants count the number of times a basketball team passed the ball to each other. While this was happening a person in a gorilla suit crossed the stadium in the participants clear line of sight. At the end of the study over half of the participants literally did not see the Gorilla.

The findings in this study proved that we can be so consumed in thought and what we are focusing on, that we can completely miss the unexpected that is right in front of us. We can miss even big things like a gorilla! This phenomenon is called “inattentional blindness”. Cognitive psychologists Daniel Simons said that these findings imply we may be far less aware of what is happening in our environment than we think. It is possible that we literally only see what we are expecting to see.

Considering this, how much of our unexpected good are we missing because it is, well, unexpected? Is our luck right in front of us but as invisible as the gorilla on the basketball court? Is it possible that simple mindfulness of our current environment could reveal much more than we ever thought possible? Could thinking about what we want rather than what we don’t want cause new opportunities to enter our conscious awareness? Could lightening up and not expecting things to be the way they have always been cause a dramatic shift in what we see and experience?

The only way to answer these questions is to try it out for yourself. To cultivate more luck in your life, you must get out of your mind and routines, open up and get back into the world. This is the practice of mindfulness. Many of us go through our day largely in our minds. We are thinking about our problems, what we will make for dinner, projects at work, what our partners are doing and on and on. We have become so routine we largely come to expect the same thing we always had. We are on autopilot and believe we know exactly what will happen before it even happens. We have no time for invisible gorillas or Lucky Clovers.
This is no way to live. No matter how busy you are, there is always time to stop and look for lucky clovers. Maybe that clover patch you pass by every day is full of lucky clovers just waiting to be plucked. Maybe after reading this article you will be inspired to stop and take a second look.

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