Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity — Roman philosopher Senaca figured it out 2,000 years ago. Every day, we experience luck and see good things happening all around us.
Sure, some people are luckier than others; to live in a modern nation and have basic human needs fulfilled, be able to read and write and have access to Internet, you and I are already amongst the luckiest demographic of the world population. There will always be people who may appear to be luckier than you are, but you are probably unaware to other challenges with which these people may struggle.
Children often attract good luck, and are generally luckier than adults are. What do they do correctly that adults seemingly forgot to continue? Most children live in the present moment, are genuinely happy from within and believe in themselves. As we grow up, reality kicks in, we forget to live in the present moment and start to seek external sources for our happiness.
In karmic terms, for every one positive thought or action, the positive effects (aka, good luck) will come back tenfold. But, for every one negative thought or action, the negative effects (bad luck) seem to come back even more severely. Imagine the amount of bad luck that befalls us when we harbor negative thoughts or do something not-so-good to another person.
For example, those who are happy and positive tend to encounter smoother and better traffic conditions, while those who are negative and angry usually get stuck in traffic jams and meet unfriendly drivers. Then again, this is also a matter of individual attitude. Two people on the same bus or train who experience the same scenario will look at their situations with different attitudes.
Some people associate luck with gambling — those who win tend to be more focused on the game and less on the outcome. For example, in considering a lucky draw, how lucky is lucky enough to win? Those who have positive attitudes seem to win more often than those who are negative.
Miracles are considered to be good luck and vice versa. Those who experience miracles tend to have gracious attitudes, loving hearts and strong beliefs. Many successful people believe thoughts manifest into reality and they exercise mental strength. These individuals also create extraordinary lives with abundance.
The simple act of trying something new can bring about new opportunities. Being open to new possibilities relates to being in the right place at the right time, doing the right things with the right people and most importantly, in the right frame of mind.
There are many theories as to why beginner's luck seems to work, but nothing is proven. When we try new things, we attempt with positive attitudes and an understanding that we are doing our best without worrying about the results. Perhaps, the simple belief that beginners luck exists makes the notion more effective and powerful.
The best way to create good luck is by visualizing it and being grateful. Visualize and give thanks every morning for a productive day, nurture relationships, good health, smooth traffic, etc. At night, give thanks for as many things as possible while lying in bed before drifting to sleep.
One thing lucky people do is smile at their reflections daily. Seeing your smiling self, first thing in the morning, will make you feel happier. To receive positivity, it’s important to give it, first. The intention of giving should not rest with receiving it, but in sharing the love. Giving or doing something with good intentions may sometimes still spark negative results. For example, some parents give their children the best while having good intentions, but this may negatively lead to the children growing into adults who have entitlement issues and expectations of instant gratification.
The most important thing to do upon receiving something is to give thanks. Be appreciative and be thankful regardless of the size of the gift. Things usually take a more positive route when we can believe in ourselves and in others. With an attitude full of gratitude and love in overflowing proportions, we hold the power to attract more positivity into our lives.
Last but not least, I just want to say Thank You, 谢谢 (xie xie in Chinese), 唔該 (rhh goi in Cantonese), Terima Kasih (Malay), நன்றி (nandri in Tamil), ありがとう (arigato in Japanese), 감사합니다 (kamsahamnida in Korean), Merci (French), Gracias (Spanish) and Ta (New Zealand slang) for reading this!