Well my daughter has “left a good job in the city working the man every night and day” to go into business for herself. What fascinates me is her willingness to make herself available to “luck.” I don’t think she is fatalistic, but more of a putting herself out there and looking for the best outcome, nay expecting the best outcome. She cites E. B. White,
Here is New York. It can destroy an individual, or it can fulfill him, depending a good deal on luck. No one should come to New York to live unless he is willing to be lucky.
Willing to be lucky, what a concept. How many people do you know with that aura, that ability to be in the right place at the right time so that luck can find them? I have always believed luck rides on the shoulders of hard work, but you know there is a willingness to be lucky by endeavoring onward no matter the circumstances nor outcome.
I am intuitive, and I can very often see the bad about to happen. I can watch a sporting event and just know that the fumble or interception will occur and it usually does. I wonder if I can turn that around and see when the score or lucky play will happen. Growing up a worry wart it just comes easier for me to see all the negative possibilities, my daughter on the other hand sees only the good outcomes. She told me in her Father’s Day card that I had fostered that optimism by unconditionally supporting her through good decisions and bad ones as well so that she could build a tremendous reservoir of confidence. I have tried to give all my kids that kind of confidence, to be able to walk up grab the dice and throw a seven without doubting yourself.
Again I return to the nineteenth century characters who just didn’t doubt the outcome whatever it might be. To stand in a fusillade confident that today was not the day you were going to meet your Maker is a willingness to be lucky. For my daughter it meant jumping in a Jeep Grand Wagoneer that by all rights shouldn’t be running and take off for a hundred mile plus trek never doubting the mechanical soundness of the vehicle. Was it dumb luck or a willingness to be lucky?
As a Gator fan going the WLOCP every year in Jacksonville to have the Georgia Bulldogs find a way to win was tiresome to say the least, but what really made me mad was Vince Dooley saying “It’s better to be lucky than good.” I remember when Florida came into the game ranked number one in the nation, the Georgia band came out in Hawaiian shirts and I knew the outcome at that moment. Be willing to be lucky, it works in all kinds of venues.
Maybe that was the message Jesus was telling his disciples about not worrying, it can’t add one cubit to your life so start being willing to be lucky. Okay I kind of embellished a little but you get the gist.
So as of today, I am willing to be lucky, since it works so well for a lady I am particularly close to.