Good luck or bad luck?

I am surrounded by a surprisingly large number of people who seem to have been in the right place at the right time. A girlfriend trained as a massage therapist, then moved to a small town that didn’t happen to have any massage therapists, and in no time had a thriving practice. A teacher just happened to meet someone at an event who was her complement, and they began a set of workshops that were an instant success. A friend of a friend won the lottery just at a time when money was badly needed.

All true stories, and all stories of good luck.

Then there are the stories of people in my life who didn’t get what they wanted, and sometimes those people felt unlucky. The friend who really wanted to buy into a partnership she had worked hard for, only to be passed over for someone else. A year later, she started her own business and never looked back. If she’d taken that partnership, she’d never have started that business. Another friend whose husband fell out of love with her and left her, blaming her for everything that went wrong. That prompted a lot of soul-searching and led to a new more satisfying career for her, along with a much more fulfilling marriage.

Bad luck or good luck … it’s more about what we do with what we get that makes a difference.

Quote of the Week

Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke.
― Dalai Lama XIV


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Maryanne Nicholls is a Registered Psychotherapist. To find out more, gain access to her weekly newsletter, meditations and programmes, sign up at .