Let’s Make our own Luck

03/17/2014

“In mathematics, two angles that are said to coincide fit together perfectly. The word ‘coincidence’ does not describe luck or mistakes. It describes that which fits together perfectly.” ~Dr. Wayne Dyer

When I observe a loving older couple caring for each other I know it’s not luck that they have each other for support. When I witness the glowing face of my genuinely happy friend who has just had her own book published I know she’s not lucky. When I celebrate at someone else’s home filled with incredible art and furniture with floor to ceiling windows that have a spectacular view, I would never entertain the thought ‘Oh, they’re so lucky!’

There is a quote that has often been attributed to Thomas Jefferson, who was an incredible human being, yet this phrase was coined by Coleman Cox in his 1922 book Listen to This: “I am a great believer in luck. The harder I work, the more of it I seem to have.” (quote info)  Kudos to that! I definitely agree. As well as with this rather firmly worded statement by Emerson: “Shallow people believe in luck, believe in circumstances: It was somebody’s name, or he happened to be there at the time, or, it was so then, and another day it would have been otherwise. Strong people believe in cause and effect.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Conduct of Life (1860)

A long and loving relationship requires consistent care and tending to, as much as any garden. The writing of a book and the publication process requires a tremendous amount of effort and persistence, and my friend worked very hard for her ‘good luck’. Prosperity and abundance doesn’t ‘just happen’ to people. They have to work at it. We all do. And often the most difficult form of the work is in between our ears.

We have to work at changing our belief patterns and developing good habits. Living with gratitude, prayer and meditation, regular physical exercise, reading nourishing material and avoiding entertainment that lowers our energy… all these things are ways we can work at ‘strengthening the muscle’ of the Happiness Habit.

Things take practice and we have to work at anything to get better at it. As the adage in sports goes (likely adapted from that quote above) “I am lucky, and the harder I practice the luckier I get.” Let’s practice, work at it, and make our own good luck.

May God grant you always a sunbeam to warm you;

a moonbeam to charm you; a sheltering angel

so nothing can harm you.  ~ Irish Prayer

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© Gina ~Professions for Peace

21 responses to Let’s Make our own Luck

  1. 

    I agree with you and Emerson, we make our own luck and we have to work at it, just like the clover growing out of the hole in the wood, by the way, that is an awesome photo! Happy St. Patrick’s Day. 🙂

    • 

      Thank you so much Iris! Yes let’s work at it.. like that tenacious and lovely clover growing up through a hole in the boards. Cheers and Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Gina

  2. 

    Thanks for sharing a message so beautiful my sister! It leaves me smiling from ear to ear! Thanks for the morning blessing! Have a wonderful day!

  3. 

    Lovely Gina! I agree with you, I take full credit for making all my dreams come true (so far), and I will keep fulfilling them one by one, with all the magic and joy and positivity that I can muster 🙂 🙂

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      Love that!! Yes with all the magic we can muster. 😀 That’s perfect my friend, for I am not saying I don’t believe in magic and luck, only that we have the ability to turn it our way with positivity and gratitude for starters. God does amazing work, through you and me and everyone! Love to you my sweet soul sister! xo Gina

  4. 

    waiting for Godot does not work, amen

  5. 

    See! There we go being in sync again! The quote I shared today on my blog is by martial arts master, Sang H. Kim– “Practice change. Change your hairstyle, change your breakfast cereal, change your jogging route.”

    And in the practice of change, all things change. Love this post — and those photos are delightful. Happy St. Patrick’s Day my friend. Hugs.

    PS — The term — “Waiting for Godot” comes from a play by Samuel Beckett. 🙂

    • 

      Thanks so much Louise, and now that you’ve pointed it out, I recall Dr. Dyer mentioning it in one of his PBS programs. I’ll have to look into it for sure. Cheers my synchronized kindred spirit! Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you! hugs, Gina xo

  6. 

    What a great post, thanks for sharing.

  7. 

    I never realized I loved clover so much. Gina, Beautiful photos that remind me of childhood days looking for the 4 leafed ones 🙂

  8. 

    Positive words Gina.

  9. 

    The kind of luck that works is as you say, Gina
    luck we work for, karma actually works in this life.
    I will see what happens after this life. 🙂

    • 

      I agree Jack, we’ll see what happens afterwards but as for now we can create the kind of luck we work for. Thank you for your welcomed visits and comments my friend. Cheers, G

      • 

        I do not know what I have done to deserve my fantastic luck. I think it is partly attitude, smile and the world smiles with you cry and you cry alone. Also having positive friends is a big help and you are my inspirational friend Gina.