Everyday NhanSense – Day 23

Everyday NhanSense: Each day, I will blog about something that comes to mind. My goal is to practice writing about my hobbies, my interests, my opinions and so forth.

Day 23’s Topic: Good luck charms.
I still have it.

The 功 necklace I bought at the anime store from the mall is still being carried with me each day. I freak out if I misplace it, even for a moment. I still don’t like wearing jewelry of any kind (I don’t even like the sensation of a watch around my wrist), so I just have this thing chilling in my pocket.

And sometimes, I’ll admit I like to take it out and twirl it around when I’m thinking. It’s only natural, right?


This necklace isn’t worth much by all means, but the 功 itself is still important to me. It acts as a constant reminder of how I can get myself out of any predicament.

功, again, means “success.” Its symbol components consist of “work” and “strength.” You need to work toward success and have the necessary strength to endure and make it happen. Isn’t this what life is all about?

功 is such a powerful and meaningful symbol. It just inspires you, doesn’t it?

Perhaps this is just the superstitious side of my personality talking, but I do believe in things like the notion of luck, both the good and bad variety. There are cases where I wonder if I have somehow upset the balance of the universe to warrant some of the tougher trials I have had to gone through in these past two months.

But I digress. Luck or no luck, I just have to think about what the 功 symbol entails when it comes to adversity and apply it to something positive to move forward. I am not a stranger to hard work, as I have previously pushed myself to the point of exhaustion multiple times. When you tread along that breaking point like I have before, you begin to understand how much punishment you can put yourself through until you need to ease up a bit from life.

In regards to strength, I am certainly a lot tougher than before. By all means, I was a weakling a few years ago. I buckled tremendously under all the pressure and just let things dig their claws into me when I needed to stand firm.

At the moment, I have a ways to go before I can say I am confidently ready for the next big step, but I am both content and certain I can seize some sort of success in the near future. When push has come to shove me down recently, you can bet I took a glance at my 功 necklace so I can always remember where my priorities should lie – in not calling it quits, no matter how challenging it gets.

And believe me … things have taken a turn for the worse in plenty of regards, but what’s a little 功 without some effort on the side? Oh yeah, that’s right. Nothing. Just absolutely nothing. No one is ever handed success, after all. Success is always a result of some kind action or series of events.

I wish you all the best in your own pursuits of 功, in whatever that may be.

Do you have your own good luck charm that you carry with you on a daily basis?

“Get good. Be better.” – Nhan Fiction


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