Happy St. Patrick’s Day everybody! We hope you’re having a good one. We have to celebrate today with song!
Does that mean you’re going to sing, George?
I hope not. We want our audience to keep listening. I only put you through that torture, Mary-Lynn.
We do like music here at Bigg Success as you may have noticed by all the songs and bands we talk about.
I’m more of a melody person and George is the lyrics guy.
With it being St. Patrick’s Day, we started thinking about the song, I’m Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover. What a happy little jingle, written all the way back in 1927 but, ironically, overlooked until Art Mooney popularized it in 1948.
The song opens, “I’m looking over a four-leaf clover that I overlooked before.” And in the lyrics … see I am a lyrics guy … are three great lessons.
Sunshine + Rain = Roses
The second part of the song goes, “One leaf is sunshine, the second is rain, Third is the roses that grow in the lane.”
This is the first lesson we see in this wonderful song and it seems particularly appropriate right now as we face tough times. Sometimes the sun shines. I just love sunny days. The sun represents the good times.
Up until about a year or so ago, we were living in pretty good times, economically. We often aren’t thankful enough when we’re in the middle of them.
Then it rains. And we’re in the middle of a storm right now. But the thing is – if the sun was always shining, if it never rained – would we really appreciate the sunshine?
It’s the change of weather that makes weather more interesting. It’s the change in circumstances that makes life more interesting. And boy, are they interesting right now or what!
This part of the song wraps up talking about the roses that grow in the lane. And here’s where the lesson comes in. Without the sunshine and the rain, those roses wouldn’t grow. Without the rain, those roses wouldn’t bloom into their full beauty.
So it is with us. It takes sunshine and rain, good times and bad, for us to reach our full potential. Because in the down times, when the challenges may be the greatest, we gain wisdom, strength, and skills that we would never have otherwise. And those things carry us to greater heights than we could have ever imagined when the good times come.
The fourth leaf
The song continues, “No need explaining, the one remaining is somebody I adore.” St. Patrick’s Day is all about luck. The fourth leaf of a four-leaf clover is often associated with luck. And how lucky we are if we have someone to adore! That’s the second lesson from this song.
Isn’t it interesting that the song doesn’t talk about having somebody who adores us? It’s showing us that to give our love, our adoration, is so very important. Because we can’t really love someone else fully unless we love ourselves enough to have some love to give, some extra capacity. Then we can experience the joy of giving love.
Let’s not overlook the third lesson
Believe it or not, that’s the whole song … it’s like the whole song is a chorus.
So you may be saying, “Wait a minute. They said there were three lessons in this song and so far they’ve only talked about two of them.”
Good catch. The third lesson is in the first part of the song. “I’m looking over a four-leaf clover that I overlooked before.”
Since we view four-leaf clovers as a sign of good luck to come, we wonder …
We have wonderful people in our lives. We have the basic necessities we need. We have so much and we often fail to stop and be thankful for it. Yes, today is a day to realize how lucky we are. Our stocks and the value of our houses may be down. But we shouldn’t overlook how fortunate we are.
We feel fortunate that you spent time with us today. Thank you so much.
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