I was so excited!
As soon as we left the restaurant, while driving home, another driver cut us off and almost side-swiped us, but missed. I said, "that was a close-call," and my son asked, "was that our good luck, mom?"
YES!! That was good luck!
In that momet, I started LOOKING for luck! Everything has a tinge of good luck if you look at it the right way.
We arrived home to find the toaster oven had been left on for many hours- but there was nothing in it and the house was still standing! Again- good luck!!!
Later in the day, one of my boys twisted his ankle- but it wasn't broken. MORE good luck!
Why are all of these examples of Good Luck?
Because luck is in the eye of the beholder and has everything to do with the choices we make when we interpret this big crazy world!
Jessican Hagy, writer for Forbes magazine, described the phenomenon this way…
"When we feel crappy we see crap everywhere. When times are tough, like they are now, we tend to get tough on each other, and everything we see. When the economy is on life support and people are scared, we tend to be a little less forgiving. A little less patient. A little more greedy. A little crueler in our evaluations. And that hostility makes everything more difficult for everyone. Naysayers sink stock prices. Pessimists don’t lend money. Bitter, cranky people don’t take chances on new ideas. It’s a vicious cycle and a delicate balance: too much enthusiasm and we get Dutch tulip frenzies, too little and we get the Dark Ages.
"When we feel good, we see goodness everywhere. People are emotional, and people created this economy ruled by perception, judgment, and opinion. We’re moody creatures, full of opinions. Sometimes we judge others and we’re inspired instead of offended. We’re capable of seeing the potential for good just as clearly as we perceive gloom. Our generosity can be just as infectious as our pettiness. Our praise is just as powerful as our complaints. So yeah, we’re moody, and that’s what got us into this mess. But you know what? It can get us out of it too: as long as we don’t judge too harshly."
Jessica's comments speak to the heart of the perceptive process- we interpret the world based on our emotions, our experience, our histories- and then we live in the world that we create.(Seeing more and more of exactly what we thought we would see!)
A simple concept, yet so profound.
Profoundly powerful when it comes to living a happy life and having great relationships.
Today, be aware of your perceptions. Specifically, notice how you are interpreting the world around you. If a driver cuts you off, is it good luck or bad? If you nearly burn the house down, is it good luck or bad? If you sustain a small injury, is it good luck or bad? I assure you that interpreting the world differently will result in new, fresh experiences. Make it a great one!