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Luck: Is luck what you get? Or is luck what you make? When have you been lucky? When did you create your own fortune?
I have been struggling for several days now with my definition of luck. Does it exist? Do we attract it? Is it malleable? Is luck simply one of perception’s many dancing mirages?
I call one of my girlfriends The Oracle. It is a term of endearment, but it is also earned – she is the Giver Of Horoscopes for our little Pride of Leos. Yesterday, she held forth with a mixed bag that ended with this gem.
“Success is mostly about being prepared and about believing. If you don’t try again, you will surely fail.”
I think luck is created when you seize the opportunities that everyone else has passed up, when you pick up the things that have been looked over, and you give everything you have where no one else has been willing to give anything.
Luck is born when you take all of those cast-offs and you create something meaningful with them.
What I mean to say is that luck is not an accident. Luck is a combination of perseverance and regret. A combination of the things we have been smart (or dumb enough) to seize upon and the things that we wish we would have.
I do not wish for luck. I do wish for the discernment to recognize what is important.