Be Grateful for the Luck You Have

March 10, 2015

Luck has many names and forms. It occurs everyday for good and bad, yet no one can truly name what it is. And how many names does it have? I thought of 5 off the top of my head and was curious what the definition of each was.

Here goes;

Charm- control or achieve by or as if by magic.

Good Fortune- an auspicious state resulting from favorable outcomes.

Providence- the protective care of god or of nature as a spiritual power.

Serendipity- an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.

Luck- success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than one’s own actions.

Many people don’t believe in luck. Many believe they have bad luck because they never win a raffle or the lottery. The idea being to get something without earning it. Some seem born with it, others have a long run-in with the bad side of luck.

Yet, most of us reading this blog have won the luck raffle. The fact that you were born in a stable country, where hard work can improve your position and way of life can be attributed to little else. You could have been born in a war torn country, or in a poverty stricken country with a hard lined caste system, unable to work for a better life.

When you were born, did you have all ten fingers and toes? Were you healthy and average? It was really just a matter of luck. Even with the unlocking of DNA there is still no way a scientist can say why this baby was born with defects and siblings were not.  If you believe luck has granted you good fortune, why not spread it around to those that it did not? Would our occurrence of luck magnify?

If you don’t believe in luck but that some higher being moves us around like chess pieces, shouldn’t we pass our good fortune on to those that weren’t lucky enough to receive it?

Have you been lucky enough to have a home that’s warm and dry, a car that runs, clean clothes, healthful and plentiful food? Be grateful it was bestowed upon you. And move the excess on to those who haven’t been smiled upon.

You may not be lucky enough to have all these things. Maybe something is lacking in your life. Maybe the car is on it’s last leg or the dryer is making strange noises. Make a list of all the things you are lucky for. You may discover that luck has smiled upon you too.

“You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from.” — Cormac McCarthy, No Country for Old Men


Sarah March 10, 2015 at 8:50 am

I don’t necessarily believe in luck. I believe in God. Because however I look at it, I know I am blessed. Although I joke with my boyfriend – a Mississippi-born redneck transplanted in Virginia by way of the Navy who has difficulty acclimating to our laws and weather and just about everything else – about his “bad luck,” I know he’s blessed, too. We both are. We have a roof over our heads, two little furballs who depend on us, food in the pantry, and a hot shower every night. We have stable jobs that pay the bills, but we’re still able to take a week-long vacation together this summer. Luck, maybe. God? More than likely. Either way you look at it – lucky, blessed, etc. – I am living a very content, happy life.

Regardless, great post! I look forward to reading more! 🙂


Renee Young March 11, 2015 at 7:35 pm

Ditto Sarah!

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