The same is true in our lives, although I don’t call it luck, but rather, by design. A “Walton’s” episode many years ago had John Boy meeting the new school teacher at the bus stop. When he saw a young woman with a suitcase he did not know, he asked, “Are you by chance, Miss Pollard?” Her response: “I am Miss Pollard, but not by chance, by design!”
I loved her response! She was clearly stating who she was, was not an “accident” determined by her parents, but rather by a choice, which falls in with design! Often we respond with “Yes!” if asked such a question, simply because we don’t consider the depth of the question!
Our lives are filled with choices everyday. Each of our choices creates a ripple effect on the remainder of the day, other activities and even life time events and other people! Our choices help mold us into the person we become. Our decisions for our character and qualities tells others what we think, how we feel, what we like or dislike, our prejudices, strengths and weaknesses. These qualities are not part of us by “chance” but by design carved out of our choices.
Because we are human, we make mistakes in life. The consequences of bad choices or mistakes can last a lifetime. On the other hand, if we make good choices or decisions based on circumstances in front of us, it is likely we will demonstrate or reap positive rewards based on our decision. This is not “luck,” but rather our destiny!
Admittedly, it would seem there are times when something happens at such an impossibility, it indeed feels like luck. In fact, I’ve used the expression, “What are the odds….?” when something really outlandish happens, even it’s meeting someone on the street (or WalMart) I haven’t seen in ten or fifteen years, and especially when it was relevant to something in my life right then! When this happens I have to revert to my faith and believe a Higher Power knew what I needed just when I needed it because “luck” is a human concept!
Scientists have another word for “luck.” It’s “chance.” They insist our world is governed by scientific laws and unpredictable chance occurrences. This thought process is ruled by the idea that how dice is rolled, who gets the winning lottery number or catching the perfect card for an "inside straight or royal flush" is totally unpredictable. But even with these concepts, the jury is still out on a definitive definition of “luck” since it cannot be predicted or measured consistently or accurately!
The next time something seemingly unusual happens in your world (good or bad) scrutinize the situation and rather than concluding it’s good or bad luck, see if choices aren’t part of the answer. The “chance” may actually be, “by design!”