Welcome to the Year of the Pig! February 5th harbored in the Chinese New Year and with it an animal that signifies good fortune and prosperity. Whether in ancient Chinese culture or Medieval European experience, the pig has long been a symbol of that strange thing called luck.
But what exactly is luck? What is this thing that many crave while others rebuff? In a world where cause and effect is a daily occurrence, where does it fit in, if it fits in at all? Are we one-hundred per cent in control of our destiny or do extraneous forces, unbeknownst to us, play havoc with our fates, be it for good or bad?
Needless to say, there’s no shortage of expressions concerning this nebulous life attribute. Perhaps the most famous, originally attributed to the author of the Declaration of Independence and the 3rd President of the United States Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), is “I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.”
Is that it then? Luck is nothing more than the spin-off of effort? Put the elbow grease in and success is guaranteed? No doubt, a great many out there would agree, certainly many of the successful would. But how about the millions upon millions who day-in, day-out strive and toil, but to no avail? Are they not working smart? Are they not capable? Perhaps, but could there be something more at work? Something not tangible, something hard to grasp that in its own way directs whether or not success is ours to embrace?
We’re aware that in a free society we have the ability to choose (see Choice: A Key Ingredient to Life…) and that the choices we make play a major role in how our lives unfold. But two people make the same choices and one sees victory and the other disaster. How is this? Why? What mysterious quality, given equal competence and timing, can effect different outcomes?
Maybe we have it wrong? Maybe it’s not so much in the way we pursue things external to us, as it is in the way we internalize those things we desire? And perhaps luck is the offshoot of that which we envision in our minds before taking action to make that real that which we imagine to be real?
It was American author and speaker Neville Goddard (1905-1972) who said, “Dare to believe in the reality of your assumption and watch the world play its part relative to its fulfillment.”
It’s the second part of Goddard’s statement above, namely “…watch the world play its part relative to its fulfillment” that pulls at the heartstrings! Could this be the elusive luck that we all so erstwhile seek? Unbeknownst to us, buried within the depths of our own minds?! If true, what a power to be awakened to! What a power to behold!
So in this Year of the Pig, think twice before assuming that things must be as they come. But rather envision how things could become, and maybe, just maybe, that strange thing called luck will go to work…
Happy Year of the Pig!
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