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Consider yourself lucky

Stormy Weather, Skagens Gren
by Detlef
Jason Keath inspired me to write this post with his New Year’s wish via Twitter:

You are all the lucky ones.

If you have the technical means to take part in Twitter it might be correct to assume that you have at least for the moment successfully met the fundamental human needs: which the majority of human beings on this planet has unfortunately not.

I hesitate to write: if you can tweet you live in peace – that’s obviously not the case at this time.

But is it always necessary to find somebody less lucky to consider yourself lucky? That is a self-defeating attitude. You will always find somebody less lucky than yourself – and there will always be somebody who seems to be luckier than you. This attitude produces envy, jealousy and insecurity. Would you like to be with such a person? Would you put trust in such a person?

I believe to consider yourself lucky is a valid working hypothesis for life. It confers trust into yourself and into your actions. It empowers you to concentrate on your gifts and talents and what you can achieve. And if you feel lucky you are glad when others are lucky, too.

That’s why luck comes to the lucky.

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  1. January 2, 2009 at 12:54 am

    Hi Detlef – I think luck is created, as you suggest, by trusting in your own abilities and having vision and confidence in where you want to go and what you want to do. But I also think those of us that consider ourselves lucky have the ability to inspire that same trust and confidence in those that are lacking it.

  2. January 2, 2009 at 3:22 am

    Welcome Wendy, I agree. Those who consider themselfes lucky might be the lighthouses.

    On the other hand: do you know Seinfeld and the charakter George Costanza who is constantly galled by the luck of others? – Maybe that’s why he is a looser.

    Or Frasier: the relationship between the Crane brothers is shaped by envy – yet it is a warm and sound relationship.

    I love these old sitcoms!

  3. January 3, 2009 at 1:10 am

    Hallo Detlef, ich wünsche dir ein gutes und gesundes Jahr 2009.
    Leider reicht mein englisch nur so weit, um in England zu fragen: Do you speak German?
    Der Google Übersetzer hat versucht, mir deinen deinen Beitrag zu übersetzen. Das Ergebnis ist so lustig, das das allein schon für Beiträge in englisch spricht. Ob der Sinn allerdings richtig rüber kam, nun, du wirst es an meinem Kommentar erkennen.
    Der Moment des Glücks, wenn also z.B. das Kind geboren wird, ist glaube ich absolut für sich allein erlebbar. Ob mein Leben als ein für mich glückliches zu betrachten ist, dazu glaube ich benötige ich schon den Vergleich, als Orientierung an dem ich etwas bemessen kann.
    Wenn, wie ich das im Moment empfinde, meine eigene Situation erst für mich selber einzustufen ist, indem ich sie in das Verhältnis zu anderen setze, dann scheine ich dafür ja keine Messlatte in mir selbst zu tragen.
    Damit käme ich zu dem Gedanken, dass wir vielleicht irgendein Streben nach Glück in uns tragen, es aber originär absolut undefinierbar ist, und es erst in der gesellschaftlichen Auseinandersetzung mit diesem Begriff eine Form erhält. Dieser gesellschaftlich geformte Begriff des Glücks kann absolut falsch sein, ist aber erst in der Auseinandersetzung mit dem Glück für für einen selbst erst erkennbar – auch, das er der eigene Wert sich nicht mit dem des Allgemeinbegriffs deckt.
    Interessant, was du da im neuen Jahr schon angestiftet hast 🙂

  4. January 5, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    Hallo Menachem, vielen Dank dass Du den Google Übersetzer bemüht hast, um meine bescheidenen Ausführungen zu entschlüsseln.

    Ich habe geschrieben, dass es eine gute Arbeitshypothese fürs Leben ist, wenn man sich als glücklich betrachtet. Man ist dann nicht neidisch, zufrieden und dankbar und strahlt Fröhlichkeit aus.

    So viel zur Theorie …

  5. January 6, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    The experience of luck need not just be the sudden good fortune, but can also manifest in a sense of flow, as if the whole world where in some way tilted toward you. Instead of struggling or forcing ones actions, flow provides a sense that the cosmos is flowing with.

    It’s a bit of a paradox perhaps to provide the example of exceptional athletes, especially considering the effort put into training, but the greatest players in all sports seem to make the game come to them. They are at the right spot at the right time. Opportunity is always knocking…

  6. January 6, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    Thank you Richard, luck as a state of being in sync with cosmos takes it to a deeper level than my “luck as a valid working hypothesis for life” which is just a suggestion for ratio.

  7. January 26, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    glad my tweet inspired such deep thoughts for you sir. you definitely grasped what I was driving at. I think the main motivation for that brief thought was seeded from reading outliers (by malcolm gladwell), which attempts to define all the little advantages many of us get in life that we never consider. indeed, many of those on Twitter have those little advantages. its good to reflect on that and consider how we can all pay it forward.

    thanks for this post

  8. January 26, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    @jakrose, pleased to meet you here and thank you for this comment. Your tweet was a reminder and an eye-opener for the start of the year. Amazing what you can do with 140 characters.

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