When I was creating my Bucket List Project several years ago, I remember being able to bang out 80+ things in the initial writing of my list in that old composite notebook. It came easy to put down travel, adventure, and even self Improvement items on my list! But when I went to read what I had written down, almost off of them were about me! This kind of disturbed me a little cause I was raised to always help others whenever a situation presented itself. So I thought that I needed to make sure that I created a part of my bucket list devoted to trying to give back to the world or offering help to those who may need a little bit, hence The Helping Others List.
Now anyone could put “FIND THE CURE TO CANCER!” or even a bit more sensible, “#7) Do Missionary Work in a 3rd World Country” on their list like I did. But then I came across a quote that inspired me:
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
― Mother Teresa
Can you image, Mother Teresa admitting that? I mean she must have cared for more sick and helpless people in Calcutta than I can even imagine. But I stopped and realized that it even if I cant do something major (toss a boulder if I may) then maybe I can manage small little genuine projects that will be my little stones to cast! Right?
Therefore, I started dreaming of creative little ways to help, say thank you, or just give back to the world! Now this The Helping Others List is a work in progress but its hands down one of my favorite parts of my overall Bucket List Project because it allows me to come up with creative ways to accomplish the main goal of this category like:
141)Find some 4 Leaf Clovers & Give them away to Someone Who Needs Luck!
So why would anyone Need a 4 Leaf Clover? How does that Help others & make ripples in waters of life?
Well sometimes we hit a bump in the road. We may pray for improvement & hope for a bit of Luck to carry us out of a storm! So my thought was that these 4 Leaf Clovers, I had found would hopefully assist people who needed some hope. It may or may not actually be Lucky but to me, they are Symbols that someone out there is rooting for, praying for, & Loves you!
Now according to lore, they Say that each of the 4 Leaves of a Clover stands for Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck! So whichever of the 4 someone needed (perhaps all 4), my hope was they got them!
Then when they had come to their Lucky Place, my hope was that they would “Gift” the 4 Leaf Clover to someone who truly needs it & if Possible, let me know where it is
How I made it Happen
So is finding a 4 leaf clover totally dumb luck? I mean we all hear the stories of 4 leaf clovers but has anyone actually seen even 1 in person? I mean tradition holds that if you find a white clover that has four leaves, you are lucky. So am I trying to force the impossible? The answer is and was for me, not if you believe you can find them and then a little research.
It’s widely cited that just 1 out of every 10,000 white clovers has four-leaves. If the odds of finding a four-leaf clover are truly 1-in-10,000, how much area do you need for 10,000 clovers and where do you find those patches? Well in New Orleans, after a little research, good weather, and “Luck”, I found them in 2 places:
But then the hard part came. Between the 2 areas I found 6 actual 4 Leaf Clovers (3 in each area). Awesome but who would receive them?Finding a Four Leaf Clover is on my Bucket List! #bucketlist #4leafclover #fourleafclover Click To Tweet
Well, 2 found in the soil by Flood St & Dorgenois St in New Orleans, were coming up in vacant lots where homes were destroyed by the levee breach from Hurricane Katrina back in 2005. But to me, it reminded me that despite unbelievable devastation, life would find a way to bring beauty back! To me, these Clovers embodied a spirit of Rebirth, Regrowth, & Renewal! Therefore, I needed to send these 2 clovers with their story to 2 people who needed to believe in a 2nd chance.
Now with the 2 found in Audubon Park next to the Famous Etienne de Boré Oak, also known as the TREE OF LIFE in New Orleans had a different motive. The Tree Of Life is a Famous Oak tree that’s nearly 400 Years Old. It has seen New Orleans through its greatest and worst times yet still continues to Stand Strong and Grow! To Celtic People, The Tree Of Life represents Wisdom, Strength, Longevity, & REBIRTH! So I felt that these 2 needed to go out to people who were searching for strength.
So I went to Hobby Lobby and got small little frames and set them up to be displayed and mailed out. Then I started to look around and over the summer of 2015, the last of my 4 frames was given away with hopes that these small “stones” that were cast across the waters were able to create many ripples.