Earlier this week thanks to another participant in the Ultimate Blog Challenge and one of my partners-in-blogging I have never been in touch with until this week, Jacqueline Garwood (find her on twitter here) , wrote this blog post about... luck and power.
I started my usual process using "Luck" as my theme. I quickly compiled ten quotes as inspiration and in a snap of my fingers a quote collection blog post. You may read that by clicking this link, here.....
I also did some stream of consciousness writing about a story of mine I don't usually tell. I would love to hear how you feel both about the essay but also about how I took the inspiration from a fellow blogger and used it for two blog posts and a limerick so far! Read on!
I don’t tell this part of my story often, but since today my topic to write is “lucky” I just feel it fits.
I visited Merriam-Webster.com for inspiration: after all, I am lucky enough to know the dictionary is a handy reference not only for looking up word definitions, it also shares examples and synonyms and even rhyming words for whatever I happen to be researching or writing about that day.
I found this under “examples of lucky” which remind me of those sentences Miss Foley used to say during spelling tests. Lucky - “I feel lucky to be alive.” – Lucky.
My main point is this: I was a product of birth control failure. Specifically, my mother’s carefully placed diaphragm wasn’t enough to hold back the life force that made me.
Mom chose to tell me this when I was thirteen-years-old, the haven for Doubt and Lack of Confidence for girls. Some would say this timing was bad luck.
I suppose some would call me “plucky” when my response – internally, I would never say it to her for fear of being labeled a backtalker – “Well, I guess I am here because God has a really important job for me to do!”
This Pollyanna-Julie held me through young adulthood and sometimes, when things are bleakest, she helps me still today.
Maybe God’s reasoning was I needed to be conceived and birthed so I could give birth to the three most incredible people the world has seen.
Maybe God’s reasoning was I am to bless the world using my unique gifts, talents, abilities and tenacity.
Maybe God’s reasoning was “I need to show Nancy and Joe (this little baby’s parents) they don’t run the universe, I do!”
Maybe God’s reasoning was “I need a female human to teach others to write prose and poetry, even silly stuff like Limericks.”
So naturally I had to scribe a Limerick about "Lucky"
There once was an oh so clever ducky
All the other ducks labeled him lucky
On that bluster Spring Day
The others flew away
And the clever one said, “Life is SUCKY!”
Now you know my little known secret. There you have it.
I was conceived due to dumb – or not so dumb – luck.
Even as I reach middle age I know the rest of the luck I encounter is due to the actions I take and the connections I create and the opinions and judgments I form.
I could say, “Life is sucky” like the clever ducky, but I know that neither serves me nor does it help create the conventional thought of “luck”. I'll take the Pollyana Julie "God must have a reason for me to be born" instead.
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© 2012 by Julie Jordan Scott
Julie Jordan Scott has been a Life & Creativity Coach, Writer, Facilitator and Teleclass Leader since 1999. She is also an award winning Actor, Director, Artist and Mother Extraordinaire. She was twice the StoryTelling Slam champion in Bakersfield. She leads Writing Camp with JJS & this Summer will be traveling throughout the US to bring this unique, fun filled creative experience to the people wherever she finds the passion & the interest.
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