What is Luck? Are you lucky?
Is it for real??
Luck is often defined as a chance happening, or that which happens beyond a person's control. It is also defined as Success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one’s own actions.
The existence of luck and of the ability to influence luck, both for good or ill, is one of the prolific and diverse beliefs in all of humanity. More popular than a belief in a personal God, more widespread than a belief in humanistic potential, and more prevalent than any kind of belief in natural or earth based spirits, the belief in Luck crosses lines of religion, class, race, culture, upbringing, and geographic distance.
But is it real?
Like all of what we call mysteries of life it is impossible, of course, to prove one way or the other.
Like many other governing factors in life, Luck plays a pivotal role in human life, right from the ability to take both constructive and destructive decisions to the more subtle emotional influences. When the going gets good, we praise our luck and when we face a torrid time, we curse it.
But more often than not we fail to understand or comprehend the fact that opportunities grabbed at the right time is credited with good luck and the failure to do so is termed with bad or rotten luck.
There comes a phase in everyone's life when nothing seems to go right. 'Luck' plays an all important role during such a phase. An arrival of good luck brings with it hope, happiness and a renewed interest in life. Luck could appear in the form of opportunities or in the form of a 'period of time'.
There's often a raging debate about Luck being associated with God. But does this mean that God is partial to people who are bestowed with good luck and impartial to people who don't??
I don't think so. God loves everyone and is for everyone irrelevant of the degree of luck associated with an individual.
Luck has got more to do with probability than anything else. One might buy a lottery ticket in which, for example, lets say that he has 1 out of a million chance to win. A person winning a lottery in such a case would indeed be extremely lucky.
Whereas a person who might spend his entire savings on buying the lottery tickets to acquire all possible combinations of numbers to get his odd reduced to 9 out of 10, yet lose out on that dreaded 10 % chance which might act against him.
Staunch atheists often define luck in a not-so-soft yet practical manner. According to them:Shallow men believe in luck, believe in circumstances.
Real men believe in cause and effect.
However I prefer believing in a simple yet very powerful definition about luck which if you would notice really does make a lot of sense.
"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity"
Feeling Lucky? Want a symbol? :)
All said and done, most of us-if not all- have always had this urge to believe in luck. And rightly so! I personally believe that the belief that there is luck out there makes us hopeful and keeps us positive in our endeavors. That in-turn helps us achieve our dreams and aspirations!
Symbols associated with luck have been prevalent in our lives and culture for centuries. These symbols are deeply rooted in many of our cultures, tradition, and religions. For many, having these symbols in their homes is a must to ward off any bad-luck sneaking around :) From animals to objects and signs to alphabets & numbers, good luck symbols, consciously or sub-consciously, are in a way an integral part of our daily lives.
The below capsule displays a few symbols which are very popular and widely believed by many to be some of the luckiest symbols doing the rounds :)
Lucky sign- Four leaf clovers
Lucky horse-shoes upward pointed
The Number 7
An interesting video about 'Luck'!
Incredibly Lucky people on earth!
Some may agree and others disagree, but facts and reality cannot be overlooked either. This section of the article takes a look at some of the most incredibly lucky people on earth. Whether cheating death or winning lotteries, these people have beat the odds times and again and emerged as winners!
Frane Selak: Born in Croatia and a teacher by profession, the luck factor associated with this gentleman is straight out of a Hollywood flick. This man not only cheated death 7 times but also won a lottery in 2003, thereby earning the title of the journalists as the world's most lucky person!
Ruben Van Assouw: This miracle 10 year old was the sole survivor of the Afriqiyah Airways tragedy of 2010. The crash killed 103 passengers including his family. Ruben in an interview stated that he was saved by a miracle.
Maarten de Jonge: He is being termed as the luckiest man alive today. Maarten had booked tickets for both the ill-fated Malaysian Flights MH-370 and MH-17, but cancelled his tickets due to last minute change in plans. Maarten, a dutch cyclist, was scheduled to compete for the Malaysia's Terengganu cycling team, and was meant to be on the MH-17 flight but decided to travel over the weekend due to personal reasons! Now call that as being lucky!
Joan Ginther: This maths professor from Texas has won the scratch-card Jackpot lottery not once but a whooping 4 times!! Her winning streak started in 1993 with a jackpot amount of 3.3 million pounds. This was followed by an amount of 1.4 million pounds in 2006. Her next lucky break came two years later in 2008, when she won the 2 million pounds jackpot. If this was not enough, Joan yet again won a massive jackpot amount of 10 million pounds in 2010. Well! luck surely seems to be on her side.
There are of course lots of other sole air-crash and other accident survivors who are indeed incredibly lucky to be alive today. Luck it seems, at times, is indeed a random phenomenon when it comes to winning lotteries and surviving horrific accidents.
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