Well, do ya, punk? The reason I ask is that I'm trying to read Richard Wiseman's The Luck Factor. And yes, I deliberately used weak language there because I'm also juggling about seven other books for research purposes right now and Wiseman's book is getting precious little attention. Which is too bad because it's fascinating! Dr. Wiseman is a psychologist studying the question of why some people really are lucky. He also lays out four principles for improving your luck in case you are one of those folks who identify yourself as unlucky. I haven't gotten as far as the principles, but I'd be willing to lay money on the fact that one of them would be to stop identifying yourself as unlucky. And then I'd win that bet. Because I AM lucky. I know Oprah hates the word and doesn't believe in it, but I do because I've been lucky all my life. (I also have lucky friends. The charming Kimmy, known to all and sundry as Kimmy Darling, wins contests CONSTANTLY, and boldly states she is simply oozing luck.)
Prompted by one of the quizzes in Wiseman's book, I started thinking about the specific luck I've had in very significant relationships. Meeting my husband, getting my agent, selling my first book--all of those hinged on a moment of luck where the scales could have tipped the other way. But they didn't. In smaller ways I'm lucky too. I often find money, both on the street and in accounts long-forgotten. When an unexpected bill arrives, the windfall to pay for it is usually not far behind. I win door prizes and blog contests, and I seldom lose the wishbone. But Wiseman would tell you that luck is simply a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe I am lucky, therefore I am. What about you? Do you consider yourself lucky or unlucky? And do you think you could change that if you tried?