When I went to the gym this morning it was awash with a sea of green shirts. It got me thinking why does everyone want to be Irish on St. Patrick’s day.
So, what are the Irish really like? Perhaps the best description comes from the popular historian, Carl Wittke:
“The so-called Irish temperament is a mixture of flaming ego, hot temper, stubbornness, great personal charm and warmth, and a wit that shines through adversity. An irrepressible buoyancy, a vivacious spirit, a kindliness and tolerance for the common frailties of man and a feeling that ‘it is time enough to bid the devil good morning when you meet him’ are character traits which Americans have associated with their Irish neighbors for more than a century.”
The thought occurred to me that if we can all want to be Irish for one day maybe there is hope for the world. Maybe someday we will all see the goodness in our differences, celebrate those differences, and maybe even adopt some of those differences as our own.
So for all the O’Bads, O’Babus, O’Liu’s, O’Laganellas, O’Goldbergs, O’Schmidts and not to forget the O’Learys of the world, I will leave you with a traditional Irish blessing and hope that you have the ‘luck o’ the Irish’ wherever life takes you! Sláinte (cheers!)
An Old Irish Blessing
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.