"I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have."
JOHN HEYWOOD, Proverbs
"I find luck, because I'm always looking for it."
How do you find a four leaf clover? You look. Sorry if you were looking for a more elaborate answer. If this answer does not satisfy you, try reading this article on scientific ways to increase your luck.
I found the four leaf clover in the picture this past Saturday as I was walking my dog along a busy four lane road. Finding a four leaf clover is not unusual for me, because I am always looking. As I was walking this weekend, I was looking for patches of clover and searching carefully for one with an extra leaf. For every patch with a "lucky" clover, I have probably looked through a hundred without one which reminds me of the quote above - the harder you work, the more luck you have. You might think luck has to do with being in the right place at the right time, but you have to put yourself in a lot of places a lot of times to end up in the perfect spot at an opportune moment.
I have wanted to believe in luck as a type of magical power inherent in objects you could find and carry with you since I was very young. My grandmother always carried a rabbit's foot in her purse. I used to rub it between my fingers, feeling the bone underneath the soft fur, hoping I could absorb some good fortune. I remember walking to school with my mom once when I was in kindergarten. As we walked, my mom pointed out smooth round pebbles of white among all the ordinary gray stones on the side of the road. She called them Lucky Stones and urged me to put them in my pockets whenever I discovered one. All day long I felt those cool, solid stones in my pocket: my secret source of luck through the day.
After that I suspected that objects could hold magical power if you believed, and I developed a habit of looking for treasure wherever I went. When I was older, my sisters taught me to look for money on the floor in public spaces likes malls and concerts. They claimed that people were always dropping money. This turned out to be true, and since we were always looking for it, we often found it. We also looked for musket balls at Gettysburg, arrowheads in river banks, and gold in the mountains. We were unsuccessful in these attempts. No such luck.
After years of practice, I have an expectation of finding something lucky, beautiful or unexpected, not just on the ground but in the sky or the treetops too. For this reason I have seen shooting stars, sand fleas glowing in the dark on a deserted beach, a white albino deer, lavender mushrooms and so many more beautiful and amazing sights. I found you can make your luck by always being on the lookout and putting yourself in the right places. I'm lucky.