March is a very special month for me. Being a Donohue and from Irish decent, St. Patrick’s Day was always a very special day in my house growing up. March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day and also my wife’s birthday. Jill’s maiden name is Kelly.  Jill Patricia Kelly and Dane Patrick Donohue… we are very Irish in our family.

Saint Patrick was a fifth century Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. Known as the “Apostle of Ireland,”, he is the country’s patron saint and is credited with converting Ireland to Christianity in the 400s AD.   We’ve all heard the term “luck of the Irish”. However, in fact, much of Ireland’s history is quite tragic.  Its people were forced to emigrate due to famine, and they left for America and the United Kingdom in order to find a better life. In many cases, the Irish were treated badly and had to struggle to make a living.  Despite this, some of the Irish immigrants succeeded through determination, strong character and hard work.  Many residents of the United States, in particular, despised the Irish settlers who were successful and felt their fortune was due to ‘luck’ as opposed to the grit individuals demonstrated in the face of adversity.

Thomas Jefferson said, “I am a great believer in luck, I find the harder I work, the more I have of it”. They say that luck is when opportunity meet preparation. I believe that like most things it’s not “or”, one OR the other, luck or hard-work.  it’s “and”, luck and hard-work. While we must work hard, there are some things in this world that are unforeseen, and sometimes we truly “get lucky”.

My wife’s teaching career with Central Bucks School District started off with a “lucky” break when a patient got Jill an interview with her principle. Without that lucky break, Jill might not have had such a long and rewarding career as a teacher.  

The night I met my wife was actually on St. Patrick’s Day.  I didn’t want to go out that night because it was a Thursday, and I had to work at 8am the next morning. I told my good friend, Ed, when he called me to go out, that he would be on his own, because I had to work so early the next morning. However, he ignored my wishes, came over and picked me up and said, “It’s St. Patrick Day, you’re Irish, now get in the car!” I remember being very grumpy as we drove to the Irish bar thinking that I would be out late that night and not get a good night’s sleep (something very important to me). That night would change my life forever because it was the night, I met my wife.  We will celebrate 25 years of marriage in a few months. That was a LUCKY night!

My grandparents lived in Switzerland for many years, and they travelled back and forth to Europe often.  For one such trip, the night before they were scheduled to leave, my grandfather got sick.  So the couple cancelled their impending flight.  That  Swiss Air flight tragically crashed in Nova Scotia.  So my family is forever grateful for my grandfather’s brief illness.  I believe that luck is when God opens a door and we’re smart enough to be aware of it and walk through it!

Almost all of the things that are important- our health, our career, our relationships, our finances,… require hard work and good habits. However, a little luck never hurts!

To celebrate the season, March is our “Get Lucky” event. When you refer a friend or family member to Wellness Solution Centers, you will get to put your name on a Shamrock. On the back of that Shamrock is a prize and we will announce the prizes at the end of the month. You might win a 60 minute massage, a product from our shelves, or a $100 gift certificate to the Green Parrot!  Who knows how lucky you will get??