Frankly I don't believe in luck (good or bad) - at least the kind we don't create ourselves. Way back in my teen years I clipped out a quote from somewhere that said: "you don't get what you wish for, hope for or pray for, you get what you expect." And, I've never forgotten those words. I think the same is true with luck. Things just don't happen to people. We work hard to make them happen. In fact, we expect them to happen.
Now I know one could argue that the folks who just won the $260 million lottery in California are lucky. And, I have to admit they are - in a way. But, they were in the right place at the right time and they did buy that lottery ticket. And, they've probably bought a lot of lottery tickets. They would have had no chance of winning anything unless they bought that ticket.
Do I sound jaded? Probably so. Except that I've worked hard all of my life to get the things I have. I don't have them because of good luck.
Just a few minutes ago I was chatting online with my great niece, telling her about a trip I've planned. And, her first word in response was, "Lucky!" I find that very interesting coming from an 11-year old. I don't consider my taking a trip of any kind lucky. I consider it well deserved. And, I'm confident that one day she'll be going on similar or even better trips because she'll work hard to make them happen.
So, enough from me on this subject. I'm looking forward to reading what you all have to say.
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