How Lucky Am I ?!

Is it luck that gives me the life I have, or is it hard work, or is it God? Hmm…maybe it’s all of the above. First, what does luck mean? Luck is success (or failure) brought on by chance rather than through one’s own actions. And, chance is a force that causes good or bad things to happen. Second, is there such a thing as luck or being lucky? I think so.

As with everyone, my life has been filled with ups and downs, but I feel very lucky. Whether it’s luck or not, my ups are grand! I have a wonderful husband, amazing daughters, and great friends. Also, I work in an industry that brings me a lot of joy. What more can I ask, except maybe to travel around the world?! So yes, I’m lucky but it also takes hard work and faith to be successful in life and to keep the downtimes at a minimum. 

I know that sometimes things seem to go wrong. You’re passed over for a job. You have body aches. That awful first date with someone. Your car doesn’t want to start. All this has happened to me. You feel like your life is always taking a turn for the worse. You begin to wonder — could you just be an unlucky person? Why does it seem like you can never catch a break? But you know what, those breaks do come. You will land that perfect job. You’ll do some self-care and become healthy again. You’ll fix your car and it will start. And yes, you’ll find that right someone. Keep the faith.

How important is luck in our lives? I think lucky people are more likely to notice, create and act on opportunities. How many times have you acted on your gut feeling to make decisions, and the decision you made turned out to be a successful one? Lucky people work to transform bad luck into good fortune by learning from experiences. And, isn’t that what we’re here to do — learn from our experiences, grow and move forward, give back, and give thanks. Sometimes you just need to remember how lucky you are.

“Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.” — Dalai Lama

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