Is It Possible to Always Have Good Luck?
One of my favorite stories is about an aged man who had one horse and one son. One day, the horse ran away and the neighbors chattered: “Your horse ran away. What bad luck!” The man replied, “Good luck, bad luck, who can tell? It is what it is. All I know is that my horse is gone.”
The next night, the man’s horse returned along with twelve new horses. Again, the neighbors gathered, but this time, they said: “You now have thirteen horses. What good luck!” But the man replied: “Good luck, bad luck, who can tell? It is what it is. All I know is that I now have thirteen horses.”
The next week, while the man’s son was breaking in one of the horses, he fell and broke both of his legs. The neighbors again commented: “What bad luck!” The man responded: “Good luck, bad luck, who can tell? It is what it is. All I know is that my son has two broken legs.”
Two weeks later, the government forcibly removed all able-bodied men from the village, since the country had declared war. The man’s son was not taken because both of his legs were broken. The neighbors cackled: “What good luck. Your son did not have to go to war.” And, he replied: “Good luck, bad luck, who can tell? It is what it is. All I know is that my son did not go to war.”
The story could continue on, but you get the idea. So much of the time, we divide life into 2 dichotomous parts: the good and the bad. And, if we honor these divisions, we live for the good. That means that we mostly miss out on life because we endure the bad, hoping that something will change for the good. And, with that mindset, it rarely does. We never get to the good, because the bad never goes away.
We just go from one bad drama of life to the next.
Fortunately, there is another choice. Another way of viewing life. A way of reframing life into good and good and more good.
But it takes some Trust to see “bad” as good. We have to muster a bit of Faith to see the event as a disguised blessing instead of bad luck.
I had a recent mystical experience one morning while standing at my printer, retrieving a paper. I felt a wave of warmth wash over me that began with my head and slowly moved throughout my body to my feet.
After my diagnosis with multiple sclerosis, now when I feel a new sensation, I often am quick to react with concern that I may be developing a new MS symptom. However, this was different. I realized that what I was feeling was the presence of Love, and as it washed over me, all my fear was replaced by Love.
I instantly saw in my mind’s eye many scenarios in my life where I had felt fear, and I realized that I no longer felt any fear surrounding those circumstances, but only a wash of Love. I even recall thinking, “I could hold a scorpion and not be afraid!” That’s a pretty amazing thought for me, since I have lived most of my life in New Mexico and Texas, and scorpions abound in these areas! (Needless to say, they have never been my most cherished arthropod ever since I was stung by one at a summer camp when I was about 12 years old.)
The “Love-Wash” experience, as I now refer to it, left me with a profound sense of overriding peace and joy, and an abiding knowledge that it might be possible to reframe or even initially view all of life’s experiences as Sacred ones, if Love rather than fear was the overriding emotion.
Just for fun, how would we feel if we no longer felt the need to defend ourselves at others’ expense? What if we went with the flow of life with trust and gusto?
Would it make a difference if we made the choice–once and for all–to let go of some of our greatest fears with finality and commitment? If we let go and let the Divine?
Could we see every circumstance as one that calls us to live at the level of our Highest Sacred Calling? And that makes it good, not bad?
Sounds like an awesome outlook that I am willing to practice. Another way to love myself to wellness of body, mind, and soul.
Will you join me?
How has something that seemed “bad” at the time actually worked for good in your life? We welcome your input below!