Saint Patty’s is a fun day here in NYC…
EVERYONE is wearing the GREEN…
EVERYONE gets to be Irish for a day…
No other city celebrates St. Patty’s Day like the Big Apple…
Saint Patrick’s story has been told for centuries and will continue to be a great story…
Why DO we still continue to celebrate this holiday and tell the story of St. Patrick…???
Getting to drink Green Beer during the day is pretty cool…
Corned Beef and Cabbage are WONDERFUL….
Speaking a bit o’ Gaelic is always fun…
Obviously the historical reason is to celebrate the life of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland who brought Christianity to the shores of the Emerald Island. Not all that much is really known about the historical figure. He was born in Roman Britain in the fifth century, before being abducted by Irish raiders and taken to Ireland as a slave. Years later, he became a priest, and returned to convert the pagans of Ireland. He would use a shamrock as a way to illustrate the concept of the Trinity.
But…THIS is the story that makes St. Patrick a really cool guy… a MAGICAL figure that a legend has been built around … a STORY that is still told HUNDREDS of years later..
He used an ash wood walking staff and banished all of the snakes of Ireland.
Sure…fossil record indicate that post-Ice Age, Ireland never had any snakes to begin with…
But in the grand scope of things…is that even important to the STORY….???
Facts Tell…Stories SELL !!!
I am in awe as to how powerful a story can be … to build relationships, to sell stuff, to help people see something they couldn’t see before…
Stories are SO incredibly powerful. A lot of life is about learning to tell the right stories and tell them well … no matter who we are talking to or what goal we need to accomplish. And truly, we have all the tools we could possibly need to do this well – blogs, email, video, twitter, Facebook
Stories have defined our world. They have been with us since the dawn of communication, from cave walls to the tall tales recounted around fires. They continue to evolve with their purpose remaining the same…
To entertain, to share common experiences, to teach, and to pass on traditions.
In a largely impersonal world…we are looking for that personal touch where we find an emotional connection that makes us care.
Through storytelling…we have the ability to connect with others as real people, not just as some unseen marketer hiding behind a computer screen…
As St. Patrick’s Day so clearly shows… There is HUGE power in using storytelling to create compelling experiences that build human connections that globally bind us as people !!!
Here are some fun quips, quotes, prayers and blessings for you to enjoy !!
Saint Patrick was a gentleman, who through strategy and stealth
Drove all the snakes from Ireland, here’s a drink to his health!
But not too many drinks, lest we lose ourselves and then
Forget the good Saint Patrick, and see them snakes again!
May luck be our companion
May friends stand by our side
May history remind us all
Of Ireland’s faith and pride.
May God bless us with happiness
May love and faith abide.
May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light,
May good luck pursue you each morning and night.
Oh! St. Patrick was a gentleman
Who came of decent people;
He built a church in Dublin town,
And on it put a steeple.
With the frost he kindled fire;
Drove the snakes from brake and brier,
Hurling out the writhing brood
With the lightning of his rood.
When Irish eyes are smiling,
‘Tis like a morn in spring.
In the lilt of Irish laughter
You can hear the angels sing.
—Chauncey Olcott and George Graff, Jr.
Leprechauns, castles, good luck and laughter
Lullabies, dreams, and love ever after.
Poems and songs with pipes and drums
A thousand welcomes when anyone comes.
That’s the Irish for You!
May you have warm words on a cold evening,
a full moon on a dark night,
and the road downhill all the way to your door.
Never iron a four-leaf clover,
because you don’t want to press your luck.
May your home always be too small to hold your friends. –Irish toast
Here’s to you and yours and to mine and ours.
And if mine and ours ever come across to you and yours,
I hope you and yours will do as much for mine and ours
as mine and ours have done for you and yours!