I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it. Thomas Jefferson.
Luck always seems to be against the man who depends on it. Anonymous
Shallow men believe in luck, wise and strong men in cause and effect. Ralph Waldo Emerson
We say we are lucky when unexpected good fortune happens to us. Everybody likes to have their share of good luck. Strangely we are more prone to brag about tales of good luck with those around us than to share the good results that come from our own hard work. There is something about good luck that excites and gives us great pleasure. We have been chosen to be favored. When bad lucks occurs we tend to see ourselves as victims.
There is much that is considered luck that is not truly luck. Many people who achieve great things are deemed by those around them as lucky. They are really reaping the benefits of their planning, capital, time, sweat equity and perseverance. They are committed to succeeding and eventually do. If we really stop and think of someone we deem to be lucky; if we are honest, we will come to the conclusion that luck has really very little to do with it. They made their own good luck. We all have similar opportunities awaiting us. We should go work hard at things we want to accomplish and eventually we might get just as lucky as these people.
There are those that are considered lucky who are very adept at timing and spotting opportunities. They know how to ‘turn a buck’ and can make ‘a silk’s purse out of a sow’s ear’. They are at the right place at the right time. They wheel and deal. Are these people really lucky? Not really. Yes, there may bit a random favor that comes their way. These people have learned through trials and errors to get good at what they do. They are out looking for opportunities; inviting luck to come their way, and at always playing the odds.
Is there pure luck? Perhaps winning the lottery, finding a priceless gem while walking through the woods, having a stranger give them a million dollars; might all be considered to be pure luck. Very, very few of us will ever be favored in such ways. That leaves us with the following opportunity to be lucky: we go and work hard, develop our selves and our skills; avail ourselves, and perhaps luck will come our way. It has been said that the harder we work the luckier we get. It’s amazing how lucky others becomes. We should help ourselves get lucky.
Challenge: Do you find yourself envious and jealous of other’s good fortune? Do you practice self-pity? These are the things the unlucky tend to do. To a large degree we make our own good or bad luck. We do this by the conditions we create or do not create through our time and our efforts. We create opportunities for luck to come and perch. The harder and smarter we work, the more likely luck will come to visit. Go out and make some luck!
Wisdom: Good and bad luck is but a synonym, in the great majority of instances, for good and bad judgment. Paul Chatfield
I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life. John 6:47
Be strong and take heart, all you hope in the Lord. Psalm 31:24
You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. Psalm 128:2
One of the most important things we can do is to remove the concept of luck, both good and bad, from the way we live life. We tend to get what we deserve both good and bad. The better we are, the harder we work, the more we do for others, the higher our expectations; such things tend to positively affect our lives. Having a personal relationship with God is the single most important thing we can do in this life. We must choose to do so.
Prayer: Help me to help myself. Please guide and direct me and help me to make good decisions.