“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
© Gina ~Professions for Peace