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Smart Luck


“The mature man accepts the natural
limitations of life; he does not expect Providence
to be prejudiced in his favor; he does not ask for loaded dice to play the game
of life. He knows, with Carlyle, that there is no sense in vilifying the sun
because it will not light our cigars.” — Will Durant


Sure, some lucky ducks were born with silver spoons in their
mouths; and in life’s great poker game, some people get better cards than
others. It’s enough to make you just sit down and cry. The old law-of-averages
certainly doesn’t apply to you. If luck were really a lady, the world would be
a fairer place. Even if it weren’t, at least you would get better cards. Maybe
your luck will turn; but then again, maybe not. In the meantime, you will need
to simply go with the cards you are dealt.


Okay, you get it; but it’s still a roll of the dice and you
can’t do much about that fact of life; but, maybe you can. A friend tells this
story. “It was bright-and-early one morning when Grandpa found an exceptionally
fine sea shell on the beach. I flippantly commented, ‘That was just dumb luck,
your finding that shell.’ He smiled and replied, ‘Yes, it was dumb luck for a
guy who was already on the beach and looking before 6:30.’”


Sure, luck and maybe even dumb luck at times play a big part in
a lot of things. Things happen and you can’t control everything; but you can
make a point to be on the beach before 6:30 and can make the extra effort it
takes to improve the odds for your success. The old-timers call this “smart
luck.”


Thomas Jefferson also supported personal responsibility as an
important key to good luck. “I’m a great believer in luck and I find the harder
I work, the more I have of it.” The famous Anon. added one more key to
unlocking luck’s door, “Luck is when opportunity knocks and you answer.” It
really is just like R.E. Shay said, “Depend on the rabbit’s foot if you will,
but remember it didn’t work for the rabbit.”





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