Today I am thankful for luck.
“You know, Hobbes, some days even my lucky rocket ship underpants don’t help.” – Calvin
For a very long time I thought I had horrible luck. Bad things always happened to me. Whether it was getting caught for something after someone else did it, hitting a golf ball through Nick’s window, or putting a knee through a sheet of drywall… If it wasn’t for bad luck I wouldn’t have any.
Then this really strange thing started happening. I started having very good luck. Things always seemed to work out. I was always saved at the last minute. I was insanely lucky! It was great!
As I’ve gotten older… err… more experienced, I’ve realized that in both cases I was way off. There really isn’t very much luck in life, just life.
In the times I thought I had bad luck it was really me just not wanting to take responsibility for my previous actions that had gotten me there or I wasn’t willing to put in the work needed to breakthrough to success. In the times I thought I had good luck it was really me working hard or positioning myself through good decision making that led to the success.
I know, there really are luck events, those times when absolute chaos and randomness reign, but they are very few and far between. It is also those luck events that it is up to us to decide what to do with luck, take advantage of it or just let it pass? In the words of a great philosopher, “Look, if you had, one shot, or one opportunity to seize everything you ever wanted, in one moment, would you capture it, or just let it slip?” Many times when we’ve had that random luck moment we don’t recognize it in the moment and react on it.
A great friend of mine is living proof of that. Recently they had an incredible offer made to them to not only give them a chance at one of their biggest dreams, but they were even offered to be PAID to reach that dream. How lucky is that? What most people don’t see though is how much time and energy they put into their craft and all the hard work they’ve done to position themselves to be in a spot where this can happen. Yes, luck helped present an opportunity, but it was an opportunity that was earned through hard work, focus and discipline, not just luck.
So today I am thankful for luck… or lack there of. If I do what’s right, I work hard, I keep my discipline, and I grit it out I don’t need luck. Someone else can have mine.
That being said, if James Jones takes off his lucky hoodie I’ll be very upset. 🙂