The messaging for this post comes from the inspiration I received in Ireland. I am writing this from an area called Powerscourt in County Wicklow, about 25 minutes into the country outside of Dublin.
Have you have heard the expression “the luck of the Irish”? After my visit to Dublin, I can tell you there is no such thing. I learned it is all about the perspective of the Irish that creates situations that may be deemed “lucky.”
Allow me to introduce you to my transportation contact, driver, chauffeur, tour guide and, now, friend: Frank.
Frank is a delightful gentleman of 58 who has entered the hospitality industry after spending 30 years as the co-founder and director of an operations company. He picked me up at the airport and wanted to share details of Ireland from the drive to the hotel.
My inquisitive nature took over, and I spent the next few minutes asking about the people and the culture of his country. He explained that most people of Ireland are “happy go lucky,” and they don’t let too many things bother them. He explained he was a very successful businessman as a co-founder of a company and enjoyed the benefits and wealth for 30 some years. When the business closed, his opinion was that it was a good ride and that he would count his blessings.
His philosophy is that it is more important to be happy than to be wealthy.
While people need money to live, they should not live for money.
He finds satisfaction in meeting unusual people and being able to share his passion and knowledge of his country and heritage. When it started to rain during the drive, he stated that there was plenty to do inside. When the sun appeared, he mentioned that there was an equal amount of things to do outside. Happy go lucky …
As he described the way his mother prepared her Irish stew, I could sense the enthusiasm and pride in his family’s history. As he talked about how to “pull a perfect pint,” I became equally as excited!
As our drive concluded, an angry driver honked at him furiously. Frank merely smiled and waved, and said he wasn’t going to let another person ruin his day. May I return to the hectic world of the East Coast and remember to “be so lucky.” As Frank taught me, it is entirely up to me!