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"I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it." - Thomas Jefferson


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Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! I may not be Irish, but I like the idea of offering a wallpaper that is somewhat related to today's holiday. It allows me the chance to get in on some of the celebration. And with that thought, let me introduce to you my latest wallpaper, so aptly entitled, "Luck".

Twelve years ago, my Dad considered our new addition to the family, a very cute little chocolate lab puppy, as really lucky to be living with us. So he named him "Lucky". True story. smile

Luck, what is it really? Luck is something that most people would say has nothing to do with success. And in most cases it really doesn't. That's why I love this quote by Jefferson. Luck is more of a relative idea. What one person may decipher as "luck", another would really see it as a logical result (or consequence) of some specific action.

Some might look at "luck" as rather a mathematical probability taken too personally. Currently, it is estimated that there are over 6.8 billion people living on earth. So, the odds that a "million-to-one" event would statistically happen over 6,800 times a day across the globe. Is that luck? I guess that all depends on your interpretation.

I personally believe we can make our own positive experiences, that may seem - at the surface - as luck. We think, make choices, take actions, and ultimately see those actions produce results - be it either positive or negative. What ends up as the result may be called luck. Now with that said, I also personally hold to the belief that a Higher Power has everything under control as well. But isn't that contradictory? Not really. I see it as if we do our part, God will do His part to reward our efforts. The more we work at something with diligence, the higher our chances of seeing that "good luck" come to pass. If we don't, tougher times are likely to occur. God has all things worked out. What happens happens for a reason - the good and the bad.

If there's anything I consider as luck in my own world, I consider myself lucky for the blessings (and challenges) that come my way that mold me to become the person I desire to be. Luck is really the sum total of my actions, mixed in will the blessings from above. When I have a "lucky" day, to me that's seeing some of my efforts coming back and bearing fruit.

So, in closing, I'd like to wish you a "lucky" day as well!
- Original blog entry from 03.17.2010

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