I’d Have No Luck At All

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I am not the sort of person that dabbles in Satellite Beach Rat Removal. [Knock on wood.] If something looks like a great bet to me, I run out of it as quickly as I can. If it looks too good to be true, believe me, it likely is not true.

Luck has never been a friend of mine. The only luck I have ever had in life is when I conned a young woman into saying,”I do.” That was 47 years back and I have never had a luckier moment since. Each year I appreciate that blessed moment more.

Apart from that, I’m not on the lucky side of the street.

It isn’t that I wouldn’t appreciate a blessed moment every now and again. It’s just that I am not the lucky kind of a person that gets that kind of thing.

My father taught me that life is not built on fortune, but rather on hard work. Then he would send me into the backyard to do the mowing. Looking back on that situation, I think he was pretty lucky that I did not know what he was talking about and went and mowed the grass for him.

I tried this in my son and he came back and said,”Dad, the mower is broken I can’t get it started.”

I don’t know why folks are so interested in fortune. Whenever I visit a convenience store, there is a long line behind the lottery ticket counter buying their ticket to the week.

One time I stood back and watched people buy their lottery ticket and everyone’s belief was that they believed it was their lucky day and this was their lucky number.

I stopped one person and inquired,”Do you buy lottery tickets often?”

The guy looked at me and said very enthusiastically,”Yes, I buy them every week.” He then chuckled as he showed me his latest lottery ticket.

“How often,” I queried, “have you won?”

He looked at me and his smile evaporated and he mumbled,”Never.”

As I thought about that, I began to realize how blessed the lottery was that there were so many people that did not have any luck at all except bad luck.

I begin to calculate how much it would cost annually to buy lottery tickets every week. It was rather an amazing amount and I started to think how much bad luck cost people.

It’s lucky for me that I don’t play the lottery since all I would experience is bad luck.

A young friend of mine was telling me that he had no luck in the relationship compartment of his life.

Then he explained that he was going to try his luck at one of these online dating programs. I am totally unfamiliar with that sort of thing, but he said that it might be his lucky day when he went in that direction. “Who knows,” he smiled, “I just might get lucky.”

Six months later, I saw him in the mall and ask him how his fortune was with the online dating service.

I thought about this for a moment. Which is worse bad luck; the lottery or the online dating service?

Although I’m not an expert along this line, I believe the greatest bad luck would be in the lottery.

As I processed these items, it occurred to me that I have been a rather lucky dude, in my own time.

I was thinking of all the money I saved from not playing the lottery. That brought a smile to my face. Not losing money is quite a blessed thing as far as I am concerned. I like to think of myself as rather fugal when it comes to money.

Another thing my dad said,”A penny saved is a penny earned.” I think I know where he got that expression. However, when looking at it, it’s very blessed to save a penny. Each time I go past the lottery window at the convenience store, I count my lucky stars that I’m not having bad luck now.

Then I reminisced about the luckiest day of my life.

My friend had no chance at the online dating service. I don’t know anybody luckier than me in this respect.

Now, I don’t want this to return to her, I’m hoping you will keep my little secret, but every day of my life I’m blessed to have her in my life.

I must confess that I don’t believe she’s as lucky as I am. But I am blessed that she does not take me to work with that one.

Thinking about this I recalled what David said in one of his Psalms.

Thinking about this a bit more, I do not consider myself lucky. I consider myself to be blessed beyond words.

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