Saturday, March 10, 2012

Giving Luck (Sydney Salter)

I'm not sure that I really understand luck. Too often that heady flush of good fortune turns into a situation I later regret. And stuff that seems the exact opposite of luck works out really well, sometimes. I mostly keep my head down, work hard, hope for the best, and try to make the best out of the worst. 

But I do enjoy making other people feel lucky.

I leave lucky pennies for other people to find.



I put quarters in grocery store vending machines--for those kids who still check for toys, even after Mom says, "no" to a quarter.



I give crabby waitresses big tips (obviously, they're having a bad day & need something good to happen).


I leave small objects for others to find. Here's a polished stone that I placed on a rock while hiking in Joshua Tree National Monument a few weeks ago. 



This week, while buying my niece's birthday present, I acquired a handful of little rubber dragons that I'm leaving around town: at the bookstore cafe where my writing group meets, my favorite sushi restaurant... 

I can't be lucky, but I can do things to make others feel a little bit lucky. And that feels great!

13 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing this. You've reminded me of something my dad used to do with his pennies - and it's lovely to start my morning with a clear memory of him.

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  2. What a great feel-good post! I felt lucky just reading it. :)

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  3. Sydney, that is so cool how you "create" luck for other people. Like Kristin said, "What a great feel-good post!"

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  4. LOVE the idea of leaving things for others to find!

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  5. Leaving quarters in vending machines for kids to find is one of the coolest acts of kindness ever! I hope others will spread all these ideas around and start a revolution!

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  6. Fun ideas to brighten someone else's day. So cool!

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  7. Obviously I need you to go ahead of me as I run and search for pennies!

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  8. Fascinating that you do this! I've often found interesting objects that I always assumed were just lost--now I wonder if they were left deliberately!

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  9. This post made me smile, Sydney. I love that you leave things for others to find. Love, love it.

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  10. This post made me smile, Sydney. I love that you leave things for others to find. Love, love it.

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  11. I love this!!!! I want to find your little gifties...it would make my day!!!

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  12. I'm ready to join the leaving-mysterious-gifts revolution! Sign me up. I still have the warm fuzzies you sent me. Maybe I'll start with those :-)

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