February 20, 2018 / TAKE A STAND
February 20, 2018
Life is a tough game to play but if you play it right—honestly, authentically and with a sense of grace and humility—you’ll probably end up pretty satisfied. And if you add effort and intent to the mix, you might even getting lucky from time to time; and that’s no accident.
Here’s the deal, luck does not occur by accident. Luck is designed, when we put the work in consistently with purpose-driven practice and effort, we create an environment for luck to seek us out. There’s a sense of forethought, care and general GAF about whatever it is you’re doing. It’s admirable, respectable and when the magic happens.
“I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.” Thomas Edison
Accidents on the other hand are simple chance, you when the lottery, take the length of your limbs, the fact you weren’t born with a debilitating disease or in the slums of a third-world country. Accidents happen, without any effort, planning or acknowledgement of the process at hand.
So, who give AF about this? Well, it seems we’ve got this cultural hard-on for condensation; for alienating some of the best and brightest as gifted, natural and lucky. I’m not here to argue, quite the opposite, and to say that you too can create your own luck.
“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” Seneca
You too can be a natural, a gifted individual or something out of the ordinary and all it takes is this: do something you enjoy.
“Find something you love and let it kill you.” Charles Bukowski.
Ps. My favorite quote of all time.
And if you don’t know what that is (like almost all of us) get uncomfortable. Step into the opportunities that life and time present you in the form of people, challenges and void time.
Get bored, stir-up some trouble in your find. Go find some odd and interesting people and find out what they’re up to. Ask to help out, find a group of people to serve, to do or create things for. If you do this, luck will find you. Your luck will find you and it won’t be an accident.
When in doubt…
Energy is neither created nor extinguished, it’s transmitted and transformed. In, of and through all things, all people. It’s strange, but we know when we feel it.
It comes in waves. Moments of heighten awareness and random encounters with seemingly impeccable timing. When we feel most connected, as if we’ve arrived to play an active roll in what’s unfolding; ever acknowledging and appreciative of the most subtle elements around us.
The taste and scent of fresh breeze, the sound of running water, brightness and delight of the light in the sky, the look of old building and street signs.
The way an great conversation flows and builds in depth and intensity to places you never thought it would get, with someone you just got to know on an entirely new level. And then observing and replaying it, as if it were a clip from a movie you saw some time ago.
Getting utterly lost in thought or nothingness for what feels like an eternity and then blinking back into reality.
That is energy. Breathing and taking it in, emerging yourself in it. Harnessing its power.
But we can’t have it all the time, it wouldn’t be so special and caught after if it were readily available. So, sometimes we forget about it and lose it or at least our sense of it. And you won’t find it in yourself, rather you’ll find it in others, in your surroundings. All you have to do it look.
You can see yourself, find your lost energy, in the strange things in life. In the unknown, the unfamiliar. In the eyes of strangers.
Lock eyes when your passing by, nod, smile, say “hello”. Because this may be the only time or chance you will ever have to share their energy or maybe to discover a lifelong friend or companion. Don’t waste opportunity. Don’t waste the potential you have together.
And if and when you do find it, the strange, the strangers, serve them well.
Original post on Medium.