Novak Djokovic is in the finals of Wimbledon despite the absence of his lucky poodle, Pierre. My post yesterday — Luck of the Irish (Setters) — sparked an interesting and insightful discussion from you readers and you took my thoughts to a deeper place.
I really like Trish’s comment about lucky charms being a tangible reminder of faith, like her grandmother’s rosary beads. Maybe that’s how the idea of lucky charms originated. Whether it’s rosary beads, a crucifix medallion or a Kabala bracelet all of these items remind the wearer of their beliefs… their faith.
Many athletes will eat the same meal prior to every game/match/race because that omelette or pasta or oatmeal jump start those “I’m a winner” endorphins. Power of positive thinking? Faith? or simply a habit that reenforces a certain behavior?
I think it all comes down to if you can believe it, you can achieve it — whether that belief is sparked by religious faith, affirmations, a rabbit’s foot or even a puppy.
With Pierre unable to enter England, Djokovic (a true animal lover and advocate) seems to have replaced his lucky pup with a squirrel for the time being — I’m not kidding. He has been courting a fluffy-tailed hotel visitor during his stay in England and is almost to the point where the little creature will eat out of his hand.
Dogs are far superior to squirrels — everyone knows that — but perhaps the Serbian phenom was able to channel his love and faith of Pierre’s influence to this other furry being.
I’m a faithful dog believing and trusting in the benevolence of a higher power —- God, Source, Allah, Creator — you pick the word that works for you and that lucky charm is always with me.
It’s not a coincidence that dog spelled backwards is God! (And you certainly can’t say the same for squirrel spelled backwards!)
“My dreams are coming true” said Djokovic after today’s semi-final victory. Regardless of the results of the final, Djokovic will be named the #1 player in the world after this tournament. His dreams are certainly being realized (with the help of his belief in fur-babies).
I wish you all a safe and conscientious holiday weekend. Dream. Believe. Become.