A big box of Luck. A story about inviting luck into your life
Untethered Mind, Thursday Edition, 3-min read.
For years, I’d look at other people, a gentle current of jealousy running through me. I’d see they were doing better than me.
They succeeded when I kept falling face-first into the mud. They had all the luck, and I didn’t know where to find it. It seemed as though my life was a series of unfortunate events.
A few years ago, I went for a walk in the woods. I decided to take a detour and extend my usual route to get an extra 2000 steps in (my belly was getting podgy). The route took me uphill to a clearing in the woods.
It was beautiful there, but the gloom was setting in. Red butterflies flittered among deciduous pines.
I almost didn’t see the old man smoking a vape on a tree stump. I could smell blueberries.
He ushered me over, and I told him about my bad luck.
. . .
Three years have passed since I spoke to Malcolm, the old chap on his stump.
I followed what he suggested to the word, and now I am the proud owner of Big Box of Luck (TM). It sits at the back of my house with a hinged lid. I painted it deep aubergine purple.
Whenever I go out into the world to experiment, show up, try things, do things, and execute (STDE), I return with a silver action coin.
Every action spits me a coin. I collect three times as many as I used to, if not more, on a good year.
I take these coins to my big box at the back of my house and drop them in.
The box is a sort of lottery machine, you see. The more coins I throw in, the more likely the box spits out Luck.
The less action I take (STDEs), the less likely I’ll receive luck. And by golly, has my life become luckier.
I’ve received at least 6 solid bouts of luck from the Box since I installed the contraption.
It’s like I have momentum now.
My friends and colleagues don’t seem like such buttheads anymore.
Even though things don’t always go to plan, I don’t fret.
Because action, no matter the outcome, always gives me something I need.
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