Are things not going your way? Are you out of luck? Someone said to me, “All I need is a little luck.” It reminded me of the lottery commercial with the tiny guy who calls himself “a little bit of luck.” I decided to think about luck.
Last week I went to a tag sale and found the perfect leather bound small suitcase. I had been looking for one to use as a cabinet in my bathroom. I saw one in an antique store and I loved it but it was too expensive. The woman at the tag sale had three to sell, all different sizes but didn’t want to split them up. (I’m not sure why I didn’t buy all three, I could have probably resold the other two.) The key to this story is they were perfect and it was lucky that I found them but despite my bit of luck I didn’t purchase them. Sometimes we just don’t recognize luck.
I left the woman my name and told her I would call her on Monday and if they weren’t sold maybe she would work a deal for me. This is what I call, “pushing your luck.”
Monday came and went and I finally called her on Tuesday. She laughed and said she had waited for me to call on Monday because she still had the suitcases. Unfortunately since she hadn’t heard from me she sold them 10 minutes ago to someone else for 1/2 the price. Luck was with me in both instances and I didn’t jump. I asked myself, do I ignore luck? I can’t go home and say I lost out, luck had given me the chance.
Luck is always with us; sometimes in disguise. It’s up to us to look at situations and ask ourselves the question, is this the luck I’ve been looking for? Or are you filled with self-doubt and wouldn’t know luck if you fell over it? Luck may be a chance meeting with an interesting person but you don’t get their name. We have a column in our local newspaper called “chance meeting.” It’s where people describe their “sightings” of beautiful people who they’ve fallen in love with from afar. Of course they never approached their new love and went away with terrible feelings of longing. And then what do they do? They put an ad in the “chance meeting,” describing the place, day and circumstances surrounding their nonexistent encounter. It seems they’ve missed their simple luck and now they’re looking for a miracle.
I believe luck is all around us but you must look. My friend who religiously shops tag sales buying jewelry finally found a 10 carat diamond ring with a platinum setting! For years he has buying piles of old jewelry with the hopes he would have a little luck. Last week he got it. How did he find his luck, he kept looking.
My grandfather used to tell me the story about the lucky seed that fell from the farmer’s cart into a pile of dirt and was transformed into a beautiful plant. (Watch the video of the English story.) I was amazed as he described all of the wonderful happenings to these simple seeds. Maybe we’re all lucky seeds just waiting for a place to land. A place to be nurtured and transformed into something magnificant. The secret, you must supply your own magic dirt.
Luck is always with us. You must be open enough to let it in; open enough to decide that everyday will bring you luck if you look for it. Making your own luck is often about connections. Is it being in the right place at the right time? Or is every place the right place?
Occurences are always happening. Consider Murphy’s Law, which states”what can go wrong will go wrong.” Where’s the one that states: “What will go right will go right?” Maybe we’ll have to make that one up. Joining things together will increase their meaning, relevance and usefulness if you consider what is called “the law of connectivity.”
The process of connectivity or linking includes asking yourself: how do these two things connect to my life? Or how is a butterfly connected to the storm? In order for luck to occur you will have to “stop and explore” and then ask yourself the question.
There is a term called “metaphorming”; and is derived from the Greek words meta (transcending) and phor (transference.) It begins with transferring new meanings and associations from one object or idea ot another. Todd Siler wrote a wonderful book called, “Think Like a Genius” and talks about the value of metaphorming. It’s not a new word to describe thinking, it’s a deeper way of thinking and creating things. In times of strife or disturbance our minds often shut down, we get the “deer in the headlight” look instead of wondering, “how might these things be connected?” Or how will these two events help me?
Try it, go out and find yourself some luck. If your business is causing the problem ask yourself, is this problem “bad luck” or “good luck” in disguise? Can this event bring me good luck? Follow your instincts, engage in a chance meeting and always remember that luck is just wating to be found.
Remember Pablo Picasso’s lifelong aspiration was to ceate like a child, which meant returning to the original wellspring of creativity. In describing his creative process, he said, “I do not seek: I find.”
What are you waiting for? Luck is probably waiting for your out your front door. I’m off to have lunch and see if my luck is in my friend’s coffee shop.