Owe It All to Luck

Luck is a casual occurrence. There is no recipe for it. There is no avenue to traverse to get to it. It’s just happenstance.

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I caution those who are simply convinced that they are somewhat special, extraordinarily gifted and divinely ordained in their thinking and in their behaviors. Talent, skill, heart and determination only enhance the probability, or increase the odds of the casual occurrence of luck bestowed. Unfortunately, good fortune it is not guaranteed, considering the wide vast of others whose potential are restrained by circumstance.

Luck appears either in copious, moderate or even in immeasurably small doses.

Disappointment, despair, and disillusionment may occur for those who either stick to the scripts that stipulate education and hard work, or follow the self-indulged listicles by the chosen ones are the only winning tickets necessary for you to cash in on your own luck.

The adrenaline rush of certain achievements or the honor in the passing of certain milestones and their resulting modicum of pleasures arising are just the precursor but not the actual instance of luck. The thrill of the chase can be addictive and noble, or not so noble. Cause and effect are irrelevant. Luck is nothing more and nothing less than randomness.

The people living on or near the San Andreas fault continue to bide their time mired in luck that doesn’t afford them celebrity status. Although the occurence of “the big one” is seemingly taunted in movies and scientific predictions, the unforeseen and unfortunate luck bestowed on the 660 dead and thousands injured in Ecuador’s 7.8 magnitude quake this past April reflects how random and misunderstood luck truly is.

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The Rabbi:

The unlucky are nothing more than a frame of reference for the lucky. You are unlucky, so I may know that I am. Unfortunately the lucky never realizes they are lucky until it’s too late. Take yourself for instance; yesterday you were better off than you are off today but it took today for you to realize it. But today has arrived and it’s too late. You see? People are never happy with what they have. They want what they had, or what others have. The grass is always greener on the other side.

Preparing for or being ill-prepared for luck may or may not result in futility. Nor should we overly rely on our estimations of time for circumstance to arrive by overindulging patience or impatience, or by merely being complacent or non-complacent.

It is a misnomer that the often argued and debated policies of social benefits and the institution of a social safety net is wasted tax dollars spent on the poor, the lazy, or on those who lack ambition. It is quite the opposite. Besides the socioeconomic value being employed, it should also be seen as compensating for the vagaries in the happenstance of the lucky few or 1%.

The pursuit of good luck can be a persistently humble undertaking or a painfully exhaustive exercise in resilience and if by chance attained, it can give the cognitively biased impression that hard work and talent was all it took. However, this is not entirely true at all. While it certainly helps to be talented and hardworking, there is quite a bit of proof that suggests otherwise demonstrating that it isn’t a prerequisite. Just name anyone famous or rich.

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