How To Be Lucky

It’s true. I’m very lucky and always have been. To me, luck means succeeding by chance.

83rd_Academy_Awards_posterAs the Academy Awards approach, I often think about the luck involved in being nominated. It’s like a Power Ball Lottery every year. Oftentimes, cameras focus on veteran actors who’ve prepared their acceptance speeches and then lose to an up-and-comer. It must be hard to get that close to winning and not take home the prize and I know all about prizes.

When The Secret came out in 2006, I bought several copies to pass along to my family. The book is based on the law of attraction. This concept has been around for centuries. The more positivity you put out there, the more you receive. The author of the book takes it one step further. She believes if you put out specific intentions, imagine them happening, and then live your life like they already happened, it will become reality.

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I finished the book while flying to Costa Rica. My family would be staying at an all-inclusive resort, so I decided to test out the theory. I put the thought, I will meet an actor during this trip, into the universe to see if it would work.

After two days of traveling, we checked into the predominantly spanish-speaking resort. My husband, Danny, took the kids to the beach while I settled into a lounge chair, poolside.

A few minutes later, a man listening to his iPod walked by and then stopped and stared at my mesh pool bag.

“Are you reading The Secret?” he asked.

“I just finished it.”

“Here.” He took out his ear buds and handed me his iPod. “I’m listening to it right now. My girlfriend and I are going to get something to eat. I’ll stop back in a little while.”

I listened to the soothing voice of the author, Rhonda Byrne. Soon he returned and introduced himself.

“Here’s my card. I’m an actor in Vancouver.” I would have fallen over if I hadn’t been laying down. He went on to say that he had recently starred in a History Channel series.

After the trip, I sent out positive energy and won makeup, perfume, and all kinds of door prizes. I bought tickets when attending a luncheon and told the lady who invited me that I didn’t need to win two prizes. I gave her one of them. She couldn’t believe it when we both won. It didn’t surprise me. I won a trip for two to heli-ski in Canada, and then last summer, I won a frame pack.

The weird thing is, when I was nominated for a Boulder Writer’s Workshop, Ink Award, for Best Blogger, I didn’t use The Secret at all. I was super stoked, but prepared myself and my family for losing. I was relatively new to the group and only knew a couple of people.

Danny insisted on going to the award ceremony. I brought my cane, an ice pack, and sat with my leg up on a chair. I told him, “Don’t look at me when they announce the winner. It’s not going to be me and I don’t want to draw any attention.”

It came time for door prizes and I thought, “Well at least I’ve got this in the bag.” When I didn’t win any of the ten given away, I sunk down in my seat. What happened to my mojo?

As the announcement for Best Blogger approached, it occurred to me this was a pretty big deal and I blew it! I had been so negative. That’s so not like me.

There were seven others competing in my category. If I had used The Secret, I would have taken my leg off the chair and grabbed my cane to prepare for accepting the award. I figured it was too late. Instead, I crossed my arms and sat back.

Ink Award Best BloggerWhen they announced my name, I almost knocked over both chairs! I couldn’t believe it. How did that happen? I used the power of negativity and still won. I guess there’s more to it than the law of attraction.

All those years of watching the Academy Awards rushed back to me. When the actor stood at the podium, Oscar in hand and said they didn’t expect to win, so they didn’t prepare a speech, I figured they were using their award-winning acting abilities. Now I believe them!

Have you ever felt lucky?

72 thoughts on “How To Be Lucky

  1. Lately, I’ve been behind with reading blog posts and I am not responding/commenting much atm but, even if I don’t say so at the time, as soon as I see your name, Susie, I get a buzz. Thank you for this – you are joy!

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    • Awww! Thanks Reddog!
      I’ve obviously had my share of bad luck too, (boob and knee surgery), but I’d like to think the good waaaaaaay outweighs the bad. 🙂 I’ll keep putting those intentions out there and so should you!

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  2. List of X got it right, Susie. Lefty Gomez, a pitcher from the 1930’s, gets credit for the quote, “I’d rather be lucky than good.” That remark may make sense in certain circumstances when you win by mere chance – like when the tennis ball trickles over the net and you win the point, or maybe the match. Although, I usually tell myself, if I wouldn’t have hit it as hard as I did with just enough topspin… Stay humble when you accept that Academy Award, but accept the fact that those members of the Academy voted for you because they believed your work deserved it, even if you didn’t.

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    • Thanks Erik! I love how you are using The Secret for me! Ha!
      That’s a good point about luck. It seems like it verges on some magical force, but most of it has to do with our effort.
      I think you’ll have the opportunity to accept that Academy Award waaaay before I will! 🙂

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  3. Well, there’s luck and there’s having a damn good blog!
    I think one of the things that makes your blog so attractive to people is its (and your) genuineness. It also helps that you have a good grasp on the written English language.
    Anyway, I’ll give this a try. Positive thinking doesn’t come naturally to me, but it does sometimes feel better.
    Thanks for the post, Susie!

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    • Thanks so much Ensis! That means a lot that you think so. When I started writing three years ago, I could hardly type! I’ve put in my hours, that’s for sure.

      I had to force myself out of my funk after going off the oxycodone a week after surgery. Our minds can be a dangerous place. Once I realize I’m falling down a rabbit hole of feeling sorry for myself, I get busy or do something positive. It always works!

      If you met me, you wouldn’t be surprised. I am who I am! Crazy, high energy, out-going. Although, I’ve heard from some, I looked taller on my blog…. 🙂

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  4. Congratulations! Very exciting.

    Not everyone who’d recently gone through treatment for breast cancer and knee surgery would describe themselves as lucky. You see wonderful things in life that just came, and don’t take credit for them. Not that you don’t work hard — it’s pretty amazing all the things you set out to do, and accomplish. But gratefulness is a precious quality, and I suspect it’s one of the features of your writing that made your blog stand out. Cheers —

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    • Thanks so much! I hadn’t thought of that. I am very grateful, that’s for dang sure, especially for all of my blogging friends like you!

      My habit of racing ahead may be a good thing when it comes to setbacks. The belief that something good always comes out of the bad keeps me going, always forward, never backward! If I do hit a pot hole, I try to see the humor in it. “Did you see that lady climb out of that humongous pot hole? Ha!”

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  5. I had a whole list of stuff I tried The Secret on…never worked. Part of me says that it was too ambitious, but the rest of me points out that if everything was really that easy, everyone would be doing it. (Kind of like those weight loss cures, you know?)

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    • There’s no time table on when they will come into being. Maybe you gave up to early. It’s true about it not being easy. I think it takes a lot of conscious thought and consistency.
      The times I won, I knew I was going to win, I didn’t just wish it. The feeling was a weird sense of confidence. I forget about it from time to time, but I’ve got to send out those intentions once again!

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  6. I only made it a few chapters into The Secret. The pragmatist in me couldn’t handle it. But I DO believe in positivity. No one wants to be around a negative Netty. How cool that all those good fortunes came to you that trip. The meeting of an actor after you’d just wished for it makes for some good goose-pimple moments. 🙂

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    • There were chapters in the book I couldn’t relate to like the dieting or dating, but every so often I pick it up to refresh myself on the basics of avoiding negative people and putting out positivity to reach my goals. It has worked for many people over centuries.

      A lot of crazy things have happened to me that I should write about.

      I think intentions and positive energy are a lot like prayer. You just need a little faith and all kinds of stuff can happen. I use it pretty often, most recently when I snapped out of that oxycodone depression fog.

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  7. Cheers! There’s luck and positive attraction, but there is something to getting up and putting some effort into something. Thinking positive and not accepting potholes sets you up for success – but if you don’t get on the stage and do your best, nothing much will roll your way. (Remember to smile – people and opportunities gravitate towards smiles…then you have to work to make things happen)
    You can command the stage with or without a cane…or book. You got that smile and determined attitude!
    Very cool, indeed!

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  8. First of all congratulations on all of your wins. That’s pretty cool. I am usually pretty lucky when it comes to door prizes and such, but it’s never the thing I really want. I don’t complain though. Winning is winning.

    I have read The Secret and try to incorporate that attitude into my life, but I have a super negative husband who always, and I mean always, finds some reason or other why something won’t or can’t work or happen, or yadda, yadda, yadda. It’s so hard to rise above that. But I try. I even had him read The Secret, but he found a whole bunch reasons why that philosophy was “wrong.” (Banging head on desk.) You see what I have to contend with?

    Have a great rest of the week, Susie!

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

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    • Thanks Patricia! It feels great to win.
      I know people like that. Everything is always terrible and I try to limit my time with them. What do you do if you’ve married a pessimist? Your best! I’m sure you break through his negativity once in a while. 🙂

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  9. This is so great! Congrats! I am so happy for you and glad that the universe was working in your favor. Woo-Hoo! In truth I’ve never been lucky …never thought of myself as lucky so I always turn to gratitude to pump me up when I’m the loser of the bunch. Sometimes it brings things in perspective. But I did win four pack of tickets to an Oakland As game once … although I couldn’t use them because I had a couple midterms next day, so in essence my friend got really lucky because he went.

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  10. Most people tell me if I didn’t have bad luck I would have no luck at all. I’m just one of those people that bad stuff happens to. It all depends on your perspective. I’ve always considered myself blessed because I have survived all those horrible things and there has always been someone worse off than me. God takes very good care of me.

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  11. Hurrah, congrats!!! And I really like your definition of luck – succeeding by chance. I always struggle to understand what luck means, or rather what it means to me, and it seems so obvious when you put it how you did. How lucky therefore that I got to see your post today 🙂

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    • Thanks Vanessa!
      I read a few definitions and came up with that. I think there’s a lot of luck in life and we put in a lot of hard work in achieving goals. It’s nice when they work together!
      I’m looking forward to another one of your videos!

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  12. I’m glad you didn’t title this blog ‘How To GET Lucky’. I don’t know why I am glad. And I am also glad that your wish didn’t go south. If it went south, you would have met a porn star.

    No, I have not been drinking.

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  13. I vaguely recall that book The Secret. It’s not my sort of thing, but I’m glad that it’s worked its magic on you. I congratulate you on your victory. Validation is good for the soul. Have I ever been lucky? I don’t feel unlucky per se, but I’ve always pretty much operated under the radar. That’s how I like it. I’m a jaded New Yorker, but that’s not the same as being a Debbie Downer. I have jaded New Yorker pride. Back to being lucky, I’ve dodged a lot of bullets, I’m still standing, I have great siblings and terrific friends. All in all I don’t have a lot of complaints. So, I suppose I’m very lucky.

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  14. I believe you get back what you put in and that is exactly why you won. The positive energy you sprinkle on your page with each post came right back at ya, knocked over that negative attitude and gave you that “did they just call my name?” face that all the winners wear.
    I love The Secret too!

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    • Hahaha! I think you’re probably right! Being a Susie sunshine may have paid off! I really don’t know any other way. 🙂
      I didn’t think members would take the time to check out my blog, so it was a real honor!
      Thank you, Lisa!

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  15. How wonderful! Congratulations, Susie. I think talent and hard work has more to do with winning an award like this, but I’ll buy luck as the reason for winning trips and stuff. 😉

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    • Thanks so much, friend! I’m so grateful that they took the time to stop by my Wild Ride. These days, it’s so easy to just click on the the familiar name. And I wasn’t familiar to most.
      Positivity rules!

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  16. Susie, Huge congratulations on winning Best Blogger from Boulder Writers’ Workshop! Well deserved! I’ve been reading your posts and love your fresh take on so many subjects, with such great writing, warmth, humor and insight.

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  17. I totally agree. Luck is the design you work up inside the every day of doing your thing. I’ve never counted on luck, but I’m always happy to meet it. And the feeling, it’s mutual. Good going, Colorado.

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  18. LOL… The entry made me smile, then it made me laugh out loud. I haven’t won any blogging awards or cash prizes or holidays, which would be such a good thing to be lucky at. But still, I am lucky in some way.

    Here’s the story: My friends were waiting for me in the car from across the road and I was so in such a hurry to get to them, I forgot to look left, then look right, then look left again, before crossing the road. I didn’t realise that I almost got into an accident until I got to the car and my friends inside started yelling at me.

    “Can you please watch the road before you cross it! You almost got hit by a car!”

    Phew! Lucky me. =P

    PS: Found you through Austin’s Blog Pitch Party.

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  19. Excellent post that resonated with me and my own beliefs. Positive thoughts create positive vibrations, or energy, which then give rise to the physical manifestation of that materialistic reality as we know it. These positive vibrations come from positive belief systems. To this extent, one can control one’s own destiny.

    Quoting directly from ” The Wisdom of Yogananda, Volume 5″,
    ” The only limitation on man is imposed by himself, through his thoughts. It is a well known psychological fact that “Thoughts are things.” The statement in Proverbs, ” As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he,” is a truth which has revolutionized and transformed the lives of thousands”

    Thank you for sharing.😊

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