Would you say you’re a lucky or unlucky person? Do you know someone who, whatever they touch, turns to gold? Then, there are those with the proverbial black cloud looming over their head. So, do you have good luck or bad luck? Is there such a thing, or is your perception your ultimate reality? Read this story, then you decide.
A farmer’s son was out caring for his herd of horses. The next morning, one of their horses ran away.
“Oh what a shame,” said one neighbor. “You wasted all of that money and time raising and training that horse. What bad luck.”
“Perhaps,” said the young man.
Three days later, their horse returned but with it were three wild horses.
“What good luck!” The neighbor said.
“Perhaps,” the young man responded.
That week, while training one of the wild horses, the young man fell off the horse and broke his leg.
“What bad luck!” His father said. “Now, you’ll have to wait until your leg heals to train the horses.”
“Perhaps,” said the son.
The following week, a recruiter from the armed forces knocked on their door looking for people to join the military. As the coronavirus pandemic worsens and the country turns increasingly to the military for help, America’s armed services are struggling to get new recruits, especially now, as families and communities brace for a dark winter.
“As you can see,” the father said, “my son’s leg is broken. He can’t walk. And if he leaves, there will be no one else who can take care of our farm, our animals, and harvest our crops.”
The recruiter looked at the young man’s leg and said, “I’m sorry, but because of your leg, you aren’t fit to serve.”
While the son was disappointed that he could not join the military and serve his country, his father was elated. “What good luck! You don’t have to fight in a war!”
“Perhaps,” his son said.
Two months later, the young man’s leg finally healed and he was back to work. However, because it took longer than expected for his leg to heal, they only had time to grow half of the crops they normally do for the season.
The father was worried. “How are we ever going to meet the needs of our customers? We won’t have enough food to supply all of them and then, we will lose some of our customers. What bad luck.”
“Perhaps,” his son said.
And then, who could have predicted this? Another costly impact of this devastating pandemic. Dumped milk, smashed eggs, plowed vegetables. With restaurants, hotels and schools closed, many of the nation’s largest farms are destroying millions of pounds of fresh goods that they can no longer sell.
“How lucky are we!” exclaimed the dad. “Because we only grew half of our crops, we didn’t have to destroy any food and lose money because we had just enough of a supply to fill the smaller orders from our customers.”
“Perhaps,” the son said with a smile.
Choose Your Perspective – Choose Your Luck
Good luck, bad luck? Who knows? You make your own.
So, is your perception your reality? It sounds like a choice in perspective. If for example, you’re driving across the country, are you worried about what could go wrong, a flat tire, an accident, getting lost, running out of gas, or are you focused on enjoying the journey, the adventure we call life?
Either way, you’re going to wind up at your destination. The question is, did you enjoy the ride?
The Power of CHOICE
Choice is the most misunderstood and yet, most powerful tool we have. We choose the situations we’re in. We choose how we react to the experiences in our life. And we choose how we think; our mindset, beliefs, and attitude.
No one can ever take this personal, inner power away from you. We choose how we let experiences define us. We choose how we measure our self-worth, confidence, and the relationships we have.
Not only with the people in our life, but with fear, joy, confidence, our career, family money, health, time, success, etc. So if you want to create your best life, stop looking externally, and start looking within.
Herein lies the lesson.
It’s not the experiences in your life that define you or the quality of your life but how you respond to them that creates the quality of life you want.
True? Perhaps 😉
P.S. – I’m personally taking on 10 coaching clients for my private practice. (I’ll never top coaching leaders, whether in a coach training course or one on one. It’s too much fun and way too rewarding!) If you’re interested, make sure we’re connected on LinkedIn, send me a note, or email me at KeithR@KeithRosen.com and we’ll schedule a call to see if there’s a fit.