Faith and Fur

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.

believe it... acheive it...

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.

can this squirrel replace Pierre?

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.



  1. I am sitting here laughing, once again!
    Faith can move mountains and a lucky charm is a visible encouragement that stands for one’s belief. And I think a living and breathing creature can bring so much into our lives that I also think the squirrel was a good choice!
    The dog and god spelling can’t be a coincidence but try that in another language, lol (it’s Hund in German..), I’ll leave this discussion open :-)

    My grandfather’s lucky charm was a small Steiff elephant, he never traveled without him (I think that’s really cute for an old man) -when he passed away, I got him and he now sits with my little teddy bear in my bedroom,
    Franziska San Pedro
    The Abstract Impressionist Artress
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  2. I am continuing to enjoy this discussion, even as I find myself surprised that I don’t have much in the way of charms. Dogs definitely have the upper hand in their reverse spelling, but of course cats were considered sacred in ancient Egypt so they must carry some power, too (my cat is sitting right here with her butt toward me, clearly not interested in defending her breed). I do believe that we choose to put our faith in some idea or belief, name it what we want, and then invest power in the belief that gives it strength and momentum. One of the reasons I love reflection and writing is I find it connects me with that deeper part of myself, which in turn connects with the higher forces/energies (whatever you call them).

    You have a good, safe weekend, too, Atticus. Be sure to get inside when the fireworks start!

    Judy Stone-Goldman
    The Reflective Writer
    Personal-Professional Balance Through Writing
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  3. chrislwagner says:

    I too believe that it doesn’t matter what the ritual is as long as you believe it and it works for you. Great post Heidi.

  4. Atticus says:

    I’m happy I can make you laugh Franziska! :) Yes, without Pierre I think the squirrel was a wise choice.

    and you are right, in other languages “dog” isn’t quite as powerful backwards…. so happy you still have your grandpa’s special elephant — sweet!

  5. Atticus says:

    You’re right Judy — cats have their elevated position too. I think it’s funny that your cat has no interest in defending herself! Bella kitty has been very vocal today — maybe she’s speaking up for all felines! :)

    I agree that writing and reflection are definitely ways of accessing our higher source. thanks for the great comment!

  6. Atticus says:

    nice to see you stop by, Chris! & thanks — I thought you might like this topic :)

  7. What a wonderful post Atticus!
    I think that Djokovic’s choice of a squirrel is great since he doesn’t have Pierre with him – the way he has been able to connect with him speaks volumes!
    I don’t have a lucky charm, but do think that these are tangible reminders of faith – if you believe it, it works. And what better lucky charm than our wonderful companions – dogs and cats, who give us such strength!
    As you say: if you can believe it, you can achieve it! (love it ♥)
    You have a fabulous, safe holiday weekend!

  8. Trish says:

    Dream. Believe. Become.

    You couldn’t have put it any better, Atticus. Belief and faith are so powerful — Franziska is right: faith can move mountains. I also really like what Donna said in the other post (paraphrased): a lucky charm doesn’t have any meaning except to a particular person but a higher power (god, or whomever) can be seen everywhere. I do believe the “charms” are physical reminders of our beliefs.

    Love the discussion, Atticus, and your posts! You are one deep thinking pup. :-)

    caregiving. family. advocacy.

  9. Atticus says:

    thank you for commenting Lisa! I’ve noticed you are a FOF (friend of Fiona — nice!). Yes, Djokovic’s obvious kinship with animals is so sweet (I’ll have to post a pic of him with lemurs sometime — very cute!)

  10. Atticus says:

    “a deep thinking pup” — I quite like that, Trish! :)

    I too am loving the comments to these posts — a great discussion indeed!

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