L is for luck

The A-Z challenge continues – one letter a day, with a break on Sundays. So now we’ve reached the letter L. K was for karma, the feeling that things in life find their own level, that good is rewarded with good and bad is rewarded with bad.

So is luck the opposite of karma? When you hit success in life, is it karma giving you what you deserve, or is it pure luck? When something goes wrong, is it payment for a past wrong, or do bad things just happen sometimes?

If a writer writes a book and it’s snapped up by a publisher, does this mean they’re a good writer? Or does it mean they happened to be in the right place at the right time? Or a bit of both?

There’s a saying: the harder I work, the luckier I get. I’m currently working through The Artist’s Way, which talks about synchronicity – the idea that if you are open to events, things will happen, that maybe look like coincidence or luck.

We watched the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel the other night, and one line really caught my attention: “It will all be alright in the end, and if it’s not alright then it’s not the end.” We’d all like to think that things work out; that there is some kind of narrative in life that ties all the ends together and makes sense.

So is the lottery winner lucky? Or is their fortune a part of some cosmic plan? Is luck purely random? Or can we influence it, or attract it?

One thing I’m sure about is that we can ignore it and drive it away . So given that, isn’t it just as likely that we can learn how to court it?

One of my favourite quotes about luck is “Luck is preparation meeting opportunity”. Because that sums it up for me – when the opportunity comes, you have to be prepared for it, and prepared to accept it.

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