Thursday, December 23, 2010

Here's to a lucky 2011

Here I am back in Albany. After a nice reunion with my work buddies yesterday, a bunch of us headed to the nearby pub for some team bonding.  They're wonderful people; I'm so lucky.  Afterward, my friend Mr. Mockery dropped me off at a Starbuck's near my sister's house, where a nice man struck up a conversation with me.  You know I'm going to love anyone who thinks I look like Demi Moore, and Walt was awesome.  He said he'll be 80 soon, so maybe the eyesight isn't what it used to be. 

At any rate, we talked for quite a while.  Having such an engaging conversation with a stranger reminded me of this old post from July 2008.  I never repost, but I figure I had about 10 readers back then, so it's unlikely you've seen this.  With the New Year almost upon us, I think it's particularly timely. 

Why not invite some good luck into the year ahead?

How to Attract Good Luck

Last Sunday morning I was floating in the pool reading How to Attract Good Luck, a book written by A.H.Z. Carr and published in 1952. God knows where I picked up this little gem, but I know I bought it second hand; it still has the $2.00 sticker on the cover. I want to share some simple principles from Chapter 2, “How Zest Exposes Us to Luck.”

According to the author, in order to attract good luck, we must first be exposed to it. Carr states that most of the time a lucky episode occurs when somebody says something important to us, and that a high proportion of luck comes to us through strangers. “Between ourselves and those who cross our path,” Carr says, “chance throws out an invisible thread of awareness, a ‘luck-line.’ It is not too much to say that any new acquaintance to whom we throw out a luck-line represents a possible gain in our future luck and happiness.”

Carr goes on: “To say that to expose ourselves to luck, then, means in essence to come into healthy human relationships with more people.” This means the more luck-lines you throw out, the more luck you’re likely to find.

The author contends that “unexpected friendliness” is the secret of much of the luck of life and offers this verse from Edwin Arlington Robinson:

“There came along a man who looked at him
With such an unexpected friendliness
And talked with him in such a common way
That life grew marvelously different.”
Unexpected friendliness. Are you leaving yourself open to it?

I often say that writing is a lonely endeavor; the overwhelming majority of us are soloists. But think of the luck that could happen if instead of writing at home, we move to a café or other public place.

Unexpected friendliness. Are you offering it to others? That's the key, if you ask me. You're really, really lucky when you've been able to make someone else's life "marvelously different."


raydenzel1 said...

Merry Christmas Linda
You have made my life nicer.

Julie D said...

Always open to it. Didn't see YOU coming and yet here we are, two years later, sisters of the heart!

Merry Christmas, my dear friend. I love you!

gayle said...

Great post! It's always a wonderful thing to make someone else happy!

Carol said...

Merry Christmas Linda.

I hope you have a lovely time with your gorgeous family.

Take care

Perth WA :)