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Serendipity is not your traditional style newsletter. It is Angel Logan's unique way of reaching out to her readers and friends – to stay in touch, to give updates on her writing career, and to share a few of the personal and professional pearls of wisdom that she has acquired along her journey. It is great to have you here, and Angel hopes you enjoy reading this month’s Serendipity.
It looks like summer is over. School has started, Labor Day is upon us, and Halloween decorations are already in the stores ... but wait, isn't it only September 1st? I heard the news anchors on television state that today was the official start of fall. Well, on my calendar, fall does not begin until September 21st, so I think I'll stick with that.
How many of you bought Powerball lottery tickets yesterday, in hopes of winning the $142 million dollar jackpot? I bought a couple of tickets and even though the odds are ridiculous ... I always say that you can't win unless you play. Of course, I don't play the lottery very often ... only when there is a large jackpot.
While I was standing in line to buy my tickets, I overheard a woman saying with righteous indignation to another woman, "I NEVER gamble." Well, when you think about it ... everyone gambles on some level. Perhaps we don't always think of it that way, but gambling is risking the loss of what we have in order to possibly gain something else that is better or more. We take chances financially, personally, and professionally every day. This doesn't necessarily mean that gambling is a bad thing ... we simply need to understand the stakes involved. If you bet your mortgage payment in a poker game, in hopes to double your money, you risk losing your home. If you have a spouse and/or children, you are risking their home too. If you quit your job without securing another, you risk long-term unemployment, which could trickle into an array of other financial difficulties. If you are a diabetic and refuse to take your insulin and won't stop eating sugar ... you risk your health and your life. AND again, if you have a spouse and/or children, you risk leaving them without you in their lives. These are probably the unhealthiest examples of gambling. However, if you have nothing or very little to lose, the risk might be worth it. If you only spend $10 on Powerball every once in a great while, all you can lose is $10 and you might win millions. If you secure a new job before you give notice at the old one, you maintain your financial security and gain the possibility of better opportunities. If you pursue a goal of music, writing, or something else that gives you passion, you gain making your dream come true and you lose absolutely nothing by trying. Life is a gamble on a daily basis. We simply have to ask ourselves what we are willing to give up. Then, we must make a commitment to ourselves and our loved ones that we will not gamble anything that we cannot afford to lose. This applies to so many areas of life ... and if we follow that philosophy, then we can't go wrong. I took a chance eight years ago, when I decided to start this newsletter. I had nothing to lose and everything to gain with all of you, who have stuck with me all of these years ... a gamble that was well worth it!
Finally, I took a risk and placed my purse on the edge of a sink in a public restroom a couple of weeks ago, because there wasn't a wall hook where I could hang my purse. I thought that it was stable enough to keep from falling onto the floor. Unfortunately, I didn't consider that it might slide into the sink and right under the automatic sensor faucet. The ironic thing is that every time I have put my hands under those types of sinks to wash my hands ... I have to move my hands back and forth to get the water to turn on. However, when my purse slid under that faucet, the water immediately came on and saturated my purse and cell phone. Thanks to my husband's quick thinking, we bought some rice and a disposable bowl since we were out, and I took my SIM card and battery out of the phone, then placed the phone and battery inside of the rice, completely covering both. After 24 hours, my phone was working again. So, my lessons were to never put my purse on the edge of a sink (HAHA) and rice really does soak up the moisture in your phone if it gets wet.
As always, thank you everyone for your love, friendship, and unyielding support! I look forward to many more years with you! See you next month.
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