☘️Making Our Own Luck☘️

Do you consider yourself lucky?

What if luck is merely contingent on our belief that we are lucky?

We wear our favored jerseys, socks, or sneakers to tempt the gods in our favor. We run into periods when we possess the hot hand. Lady luck is on our side, and everything lines up like sunny days on a beach vacation. Other times, it’s only rainy and windy. We feel as cold as the Chicago winters.

Luck is how we define luck. It’s circular. We change our fate by changing our view of our luck. What if our luck is always a feature and never a bug because of how we frame it.

If we change our expectations, our view of luck changes. When we can meet victory and defeat and treat them the same, our luck shifts.

When we come with gratitude, we get lucky. When we find the ramps and create momentum, we increase our luck. When we wonder what will happen next, it opens us up to possibilities to get lucky. When no matter how the wind blows, we view it favorably, we view ourselves as lucky.

The parable of the Taoist farmer might be the best example of this in action.

There was a farmer whose horse ran away. That evening the neighbors gathered to commiserate with him since this was such bad luck. He said, “Maybe.” The next day the horse returned but brought with it six wild horses, and the neighbors came exclaiming at his good fortune. He said, “Maybe.” And then, the following day, his son tried to saddle and ride one of the wild horses, was thrown, and broke his leg.

Again the neighbors came to offer their sympathy for the misfortune. He said, “Maybe.” The day after that, conscription officers came to the village to seize young men for the army, but because of the broken leg, the farmer’s son was rejected. When the neighbors came in to say how fortunately everything had turned out, he said, “Maybe.”

The Watercourse Way, by Alan Watts

When we change how we view luck, we guarantee we get lucky.

It is always best to be lucky and good.