My mom says I'm lucky.
I don't know what I think, although my primary ancestors were Irish. Regardless, I can walk up to a clover patch and find a four-leaf clover almost immediately.
For many folks, finding a four-leaf clover is the exception, while NOT finding one is the exception for me.
I shared this little piece of trivia with my sons recently. Which, naturally, led them to want me to "show them" how to do it.
We have a vacant lot next to our house, and the field is full of clover. Not long after this conversation, I was outside with my kids hanging out and said, "Hey guys, let's try to find a four-leaf clover."
I walked into the field, knelt to the ground and, within seconds, plucked a four-leaf clover from the patch. My kids and I spent about 10 minutes looking and we collectively found around 12 four-leaf clover.
Before I move into the metaphorical and philosophical undercurrents of this theme, let me share some things that work for me:
1. Look along the edges. Never look in the middle of a clover patch. Typically, you'll have multiple patches grouped together. Identify each patch and scan the peripheries.
2. Scan for what doesn't belong. Don't go clover-by-clover. You know how you can write something and read it five times, only later realizing there was a blatant mis-spelling or typo? It's because you read what is supposed to be there, not what's really there. Same thing with clover. If you look at every clover, which the vast majority are three-leaf, every clover will look like a three-leaf to you.
3. Rake your fingers through the clover as you scan. This breaks up two three-leafs that get stuck together tricking your eye.
Does finding a four-leaf clover mean we're lucky?
I think most clover patches have at least one four-leaf clover in them. If you look diligently enough, you will find it.
This means that what appears to be luck is actually a mindset married to behavior. What I mean by that is that I'm always VERY confident a four-leaf clover is in every patch and I don't stop looking until a) I find it or b) I determine a particular patch is the exception.
What I've found over the years is that, more often than not, there is a four-leaf clover hiding in a patch. Quite often, there are a few four-leaf clovers grouped together.
If you and I woke up every day convinced that there was at least ONE four-leaf clover in the patch of our day, how would that affect how we approach the day?
I think it would eliminate many of our excuses for not accomplishing the things we want to accomplish.
I think it would add an element of anticipation, excitement and serendipity to our days.
I think it would teach us that we can find rare beauty, like a four-leaf clover, among the everyday clover patches of our lives.
It's Sunday - a perfect day for clover hunting!
I'm betting you have at least one clover patch within walking distance of where you're sitting right now.
And I'm betting there's a four-leaf clover awaiting your discovery.
All you have to do is want to find it, then not give up until you do.
I shot photos of some of the four-leaf clover I found that day with my kids. The photo above is one of them.
We found one massive four-leaf clover and I convinced my kids to leave it so it would grow even bigger. We pretended we had a farm growing four-leaf clover. Every few days, we would walk out and check on it.
Then the neighborhood mower dudes showed up with a tractor and mowed the entire field down. We lost that clover.
Which is a fitting metaphorical balance to this post, don't you think?
Check out this strange clover we found that same day...