Women's Travel Blog

Shamrocks & Traveling

Sometimes the most common of things passed by become extraordinary in a moment of traveling.  In Ireland, the precious and plentiful little shamrocks blanket the ground everywhere.  While walking in the Irish countryside one fine day, our guide shared the legend of St. Patrick who used the three leaf shamrock to teach the Irish the foundation of Christianity.  St. Patrick taught that the three leaves represented the Holy Trinity known as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  When stopping to look closely, indeed the shamrock has three leaves not four.  The four leaf clover is a different plant entirely that we think of for good luck.  How brilliant of St. Patrick to see the shamrock and create a lasting symbol from this precious little plant.  When traveling, it’s often the ordinary that sometimes becomes extraordinary as we are more awakened to the beauty that surrounds us.  A sunset, moonrise, waterfall, mountain view, seaside walk or garden touches our hearts and we are never the same.  As Helen Keller said, “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched …. they must be felt with the heart.”