Feeling Lucky?

Lucky in Kyoto

Seeing snow on the temples of Kyoto – one of the luckiest days of my life.

One of the joys of being a parent is eavesdropping on the conversations of the youngsters in the back seat of the car.

Get a couple of 9-year-olds back there for a 30 minute drive and you have yourself some really enjoyable free entertainment.

You can hear wild speculation on the existence of fairies, which boys/girls currently have a “crush” on them, and some of the antics the teachers have been up to in class lately.

Sometimes, you even hear something that makes you go hmmm.

Something that reminds you how you should be navigating your way through life.

The other day as we were returning home from yet another exciting weekend outing, I heard my daughter saying something about how she wasn’t lucky.

“And why is that,” I asked?

“Well, so and so won something or other in a competition last week and someone else won some thingamajig in a draw on Thursday at school. I never win anything.”

“Really, you’ve never won anything?”

“No, nothing! I’m so unlucky.”

I chewed this over in my head for a few seconds, trying to think of something she had won. Then I realized that I was caught in the same trap as she was.

“How about this: You’ve won the Lottery of Life.”


“Think about all the exciting activities we’ve been doing, the great holidays, the delicious food, the nice house, and the excellent school you go to. You’re lucky, aren’t you?”

“Well, yeah, I guess so…”

“How many countries around here can you think of that you would like to live in at the moment?”

“Well, um, maybe none…”

“Exactly! Luck is relative. We may not feel lucky sometimes, but when we compare ourselves to about 90% of the world, we are super-lucky.”

“I guess you’re right, Daddy. What does relative mean?”

Fortunately, that’s about when we pulled into the parking space in front of the house.

And to tell you the truth, I’m not sure who the lecture was meant for – my daughter or myself – because I felt much better for it. 😉

I know that I haven’t been posting much lately. To be honest, I’ve just been enjoying life so much in the last few months – reading books, catching up on time with my wife, sitting in the garden watching the birds nesting, playing with the kids, socializing with friends – that I haven’t felt like sitting down in front of the computer screen.

I’m so lucky to be able to do all those things in a safe environment with all my needs taken care of. I live a life of incredible abundance.

Sure I’ve got problems, but so does every other human on this planet.

The difference is that for most of us reading this post, our problems are minor – very minor.

It’s important to remember how lucky we are and to think sometimes of the less fortunate caught up in wars or social upheaval – or just trying to scratch enough to eat out of the parched earth.

There are billions of humans currently enduring  those situations or even worse.

So take a few moments to think about them instead of focusing on your own issues.

And then slowly bring your thoughts back to yourself and count all the fortunate aspects of your life.

How lucky do you feel now?

Time to get back to my book… 😎

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