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Do You Feel Lucky?

Photo by Ivan Obolensky

Luck is defined as success or failure brought about by chance rather than our actions.

Some people appear to have all the luck. Others don’t. Certainly, there is good and bad luck, but whether our luck is good or bad can be difficult to know at the time. Winning the lottery is lucky but given the number of personal disasters winning the lottery has brought about, such luck may not be good after all. On the other hand, missing the boat because of an accident when the ship is named Titanic can be good luck masquerading as bad.

Luck has many guises, and given its contextual nature, perhaps our luck has far more to do with how we view our circumstances than the circumstances themselves. Given that, if we can keep an open mind and perceive all that comes our way as being to our advantage, then are we not lucky all the time? And doesn’t that mean our luck is more a matter of perception than fate?

Of course, chance will always play a part in life, but that doesn’t mean an unlucky break is unlucky. Sometimes we simply have to wait and see.

As Clint Eastwood said in Dirty Harry, “Do you feel lucky? Well, do ya…punk?”

Given the question, I’d have to answer, “Yes.” And to that, I’d quickly add a “Sir”, given Dirty Harry packs a .44.

One can push one’s luck only so far, but having a sense of humor certainly helps, not just in luck, but in all things.  

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