Do You Believe in Luck?

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@Shiva49 (10641)
Singapore
June 19, 2016 10:06am CST
Looking back I can say incontrovertibly that I had some lucky breaks. Or rather, had some breaks not come my way I could have been in a more challenging situation. So life has been kind to me overall. That brings me to whether I believe luck has played a big part in my life. I feel it is yes and no. It is about fifty-fifty according to me. I could have been in a much smoother ride with better luck. Then again, had luck not played the part it did I would have faced more challenges that could have strengthened my resolve to persevere and succeed. I have met few inspiring people but I might have benefited by others more positive during my younger days. With regard to family I have no complaints. Overall, I am what I am due to the cards I have been dealt. How has luck played its part in your lives? Image from Wikimedia – Lucky symbol
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• Preston, England
19 Jun 16
things can go unexpectedly well or badly but it is chance rather than some organising sentient force that creates the luck
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@Shiva49 (10641)
• Singapore
19 Jun 16
I try to cover all the bases but sometimes we miss out the one document that decides the outcome. It also happens one person we meet can change our life - at a personal level the life partner and at work life, someone who is inspirational to work with - siva
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@cacay1 (32304)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
21 Jun 16
Approved!
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@just4him (95872)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
19 Jun 16
I don't consider luck as an ingredient simply because it means that life is a chance. I don't look at life as a chance. I do look at life as what we make it, the choices we make, good or bad, and those choices dictate how the cards will fall, not luck.
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@Shiva49 (10641)
• Singapore
20 Jun 16
Good and practical take. We are dealt some cards and it is up to us to make the best use of them. Then we are on our own way. I have seen some children having to help out their parents but they become street smart faster than those molly-coddled - siva
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@just4him (95872)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
20 Jun 16
@Shiva49 I've seen them too.
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@Shiva49 (10641)
• Singapore
20 Jun 16
@just4him There are many and I recently read that George Soros worked as a railway porter in London during his student days to support himself - siva
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@scheng1 (24889)
• Singapore
20 Jun 16
I think being in Singapore is a good fortune on its own. If we are born in the wrong country, we may end up as a refugee now.
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@Shiva49 (10641)
• Singapore
20 Jun 16
Agreed, Singapore is tops in many ways and the government is super efficient. I wonder why the innocent children have to suffer so much in some places while they are showered with love and affection in most other places. I have no answers for man's inhumanity to man - siva
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@scheng1 (24889)
• Singapore
20 Jun 16
@Shiva49 As you have said in this discussion, it is really luck. No way to account for children having to suffer as a refugee since they are too young to have done anything to get this fate. It boils down to luck.
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@Shiva49 (10641)
• Singapore
20 Jun 16
@scheng1 Yes, they are robbed of love and their childhood for no fault of theirs - siva
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@zap_81 (1024)
19 Jun 16
Not at all. I do not believe in the concept of luck. I would rather take the credit for my success and I am man enough to hold my self responsible for my mistakes. Other than God I do not believe in abstract things.
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@Shiva49 (10641)
• Singapore
20 Jun 16
A practical take, that means you own up for your actions even when you are thrown in at the deep end of the pool. Frankly, I have a take everything I have is well deserved as long as I have worked for it. So the fortunes and misfortunes are my own. But my heart goes to those who suffer for no fault of theirs like chronic illnesses that reduce their quality of life - siva
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@zap_81 (1024)
20 Jun 16
@Shiva49 Sickness is something which is painful. A couple of months back I got a viral. The viral was in the air and I just got it. no fault of mine. I was almost in tears as it was so disturbing. I guess that is where your faith in God comes in. But sticking to your discussion , I normally like to be in control and take the responsibility rather than saying my luck was bad and his luck was good.
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@Shiva49 (10641)
• Singapore
20 Jun 16
@zap_81 Generally life is fair and we can face the challenges but sometimes it takes a turn tough to come to grips with the reality, sort of life/reality altering. It is not only sickness but some issues that we have no control over. One has to be mentally strong to withstand such moments - siva
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@aarifa (1213)
• India
19 Jun 16
Luck is nothingbut god's mercy.
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@Shiva49 (10641)
• Singapore
20 Jun 16
Agreed, but what is misfortune then? siva
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@aarifa (1213)
• India
20 Jun 16
@Shiva49 misfotune is happen by fate. That is what we return as what we do..
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@Shiva49 (10641)
• Singapore
20 Jun 16
@aarifa I would rather that both come from the same source like we have extreme kindness, compassion and also the opposite in us - siva
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@cacay1 (32304)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
21 Jun 16
I sometimes believe in luck hehehe.
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@Shiva49 (10641)
• Singapore
21 Jun 16
Thanks Erly, we need lucky breaks in life to get ahead apart from hard work - siva
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@cacay1 (32304)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
21 Jun 16
@Shiva49 , yeah hehehe. Being active, good health always happy and have money makes us lucky .
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@responsiveme (14236)
• India
20 Jun 16
I do believe there is a luck factor.But also it is up to us to work hard to see that luck favours us:) This is in case of studies and job, we need to put in our best. I 'll go with you 50-50
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@Shiva49 (10641)
• Singapore
20 Jun 16
Sometimes luck scores above hard work like meeting the right person who can make a difference to our lives. At the other extreme, we have no way out of the rut slogging away for an ungrateful boss. I have seen a lot as I could not take much risks or be unemployed even for a day. I feel luck plays the biggest part in the choice of our life partner. However, sincerity and hard work seems to have paid off for me in the end with some luck thrown in - siva
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• India
20 Jun 16
@Shiva49 that's why I said 50-50 :) The luck factor is certainly present especially for youngsters in the grueling entrance examinations to a n engineering or medical degree.Lots of of preparations and some luck.
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@SIMPLYD (75885)
• Philippines
20 Jun 16
I don't believe in luck . But i believe that God makes things happen to reward us and sometimes to teach us a lesson too and learn from it .
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@Shiva49 (10641)
• Singapore
20 Jun 16
I understand your view point. You accept what comes your way as His will and then up to us to do our best - siva
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@SIMPLYD (75885)
• Philippines
20 Jun 16
@Shiva49 Thank you for respecting my opinion .
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19 Jun 16
Luck and chance are the only real reason we are here isn't it. Of course luck is a thing but l don't believe you can influence it in any way. luck and chance are synonymous to me.
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@Shiva49 (10641)
• Singapore
19 Jun 16
One should be lucky to meet the right person and get the right opportunities. Then it is up to us to take the chance, make a choice. Sometimes, we are at the wrong place - like meet with accident that change our course in life. I do not know whether I am lucky in my life but I would have persevered anyway - siva
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19 Jun 16
@Shiva49 i like your thinking sir. It is also about perseverance for sure.
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@ridingbet (39096)
• Philippines
21 Jun 16
luck and destiny go hand in hand.
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@Shiva49 (10641)
• Singapore
21 Jun 16
We all need some lucky breaks and luck has played a part in the life of most successful people - siva
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@shivamani10 (11154)
• Hyderabad, India
20 Jun 16
When I am ready to take challenge a and work hard no chance Come to me.Every goes smooth as 123. Should I call it LUCK?
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@Shiva49 (10641)
• Singapore
21 Jun 16
Hard work is a basic requisite for success but lucky breaks can catapult us to a much higher level - siva
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@jayaramas (1370)
• Bangalore, India
20 Jun 16
I will put all my effort without thinking of luck, if luck supports then I will enjoy it.
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@Shiva49 (10641)
• Singapore
20 Jun 16
Good, that is what most do - do the best and accept the rewards - siva
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@JudyEv (103787)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Jun 16
I think I - and we - have been pretty lucky in lots of ways. A couple of times we hit a really bad patch but even these turned out to be blessings in disguise. So yes, I think overall I've been lucky.
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@Shiva49 (10641)
• Singapore
20 Jun 16
Well, you are already lucky living in the lucky country! Happy for you. Yes, we all go through even harrowing times but when we come out of them, we have made it. And what doesn't kill us make us stronger - siva
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@jaboUK (51451)
• United Kingdom
19 Jun 16
I've been very lucky in my life, and that along with some wise choices has made me a very happy woman.
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@Shiva49 (10641)
• Singapore
20 Jun 16
That shows you are contented like me. When I count my blessings they far outnumber those that were not in my favor. But come to think of it all were needed to make me who I am to squeeze blood out of stone even, at times - siva
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@tech40 (8027)
• Philippines
19 Jun 16
Mmm for me there's no good and bad luck, it is all depends on how you decide. everything has positive and negative side
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@Shiva49 (10641)
• Singapore
19 Jun 16
That is my take too and I was zeroing in on that. An easy ride does not last,neither the tough one thankfully. We learn more from reverses in life - sort of from tough love. But some are just unfortunate like in terms of health - siva
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• Bucharest, Romania
19 Jun 16
I think it is luck the one believing in me not the other way around.
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@Shiva49 (10641)
• Singapore
19 Jun 16
It is also mutual to attract the right person and then reciprocate for mutual benefit - siva
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19 Jun 16
With the unexpected loss of my 13 year old son to a somewhat "Fluke" of a condition (his heart was attacked by an every day sort of virus), I cannot help but feel unlucky. There was no rhyme or reason to this horrible thing happening to him and now he's gone. So I feel very unlucky.
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@Shiva49 (10641)
• Singapore
19 Jun 16
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. We wonder about what life is about after such a loss, and why me? When I pause and ponder about the realities of life, they do not make much sense though time may heal - siva
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@Blondie2222 (19098)
• United States
22 Jun 16
Yes i do i've had some major surgeries in the past and i've made it thru each and every one with no problems. I have a heart condition that people with my condition haven't lived past age 12 and i'm 33 now. So i'm thankful for god watching over me and my family and i believe in luck and miracles.
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@Shiva49 (10641)
• Singapore
23 Jun 16
I am happy for you despite the travails you have undergone. You are able to see the positive side to what has happened in your life. We need luck to meet the right people too. The rules will be same but some help us more than others. Also to get the right doctor and support staff. Some believe we meet those we are destined to meet in times of need. I also believe miracles do happen but we tend to overlook them - siva
@Shiva49 (10641)
• Singapore
23 Jun 16
@Blondie2222 Have a blessed future and may you realize all your dreams - siva
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@ronc510 (456)
• Philippines
22 Jun 16
“A real man makes his own luck" - Billy Zane
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@Shiva49 (10641)
• Singapore
22 Jun 16
Yes, we should never give up whatever it takes. As I have mentioned in my comments I would have pressed on but I feel life has been kind to me - siva
@ronc510 (456)
• Philippines
22 Jun 16
@Shiva49 You are right, you just have to live life as it is and don't dwell with your past
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@innertalks (3000)
• Australia
22 Jun 16
The outcome of the roll of the dice is not determined by luck. It merely mirrors what is really happening beneath the surface of the apparent good or bad luck.
Einstein said, and I believe that he believed it too, that "God does not play dice with the Universe." If God doesn't play dice, why would we do so? Why would we think that luck or chance could determine anything in our lives, given that there are laws (both physical and spiritual) that describe why things happen, or not? That said, this would imply to me that there is no such thing as luck. The falling of the dice doesn't determine anything. The cards dealt to us are not dealt randomly, or luckily either. It is perhaps the Lords of Karma that give us the cards in our hands to play with, or at least some of them. The rest I believe that we have dealt to ourselves for this lifetime from our own souls. Does such a thing as luck or chance really exist then, or not? Luck plays no part in the determination of your life. It is merely a way to describe a missed understanding, or a lesser than whole understanding of all that goes together to determine the exact outcomes of our lives. We are responsible, totally so, for all of this, and luck plays no part in anything, except for perhaps in games of chance, but then again that is only in theory, in realness who wins these games is already determined by the continuity of connection of all events to all participants at the inner level of cause and effect, or even greater than this, right down to the level of oneness, that remains in us all, but which we live from individually highlighted in our own unique ways.
@Shiva49 (10641)
• Singapore
22 Jun 16
In a way our lives resonates with "There is a tide in the affairs of men. Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life Is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat, And we must take the current when it serves, Or lose our ventures." I think we are all presented with opportune times but most do not react to seize the chances. According to me, I would have still persevered within another set of circumstances and found fulfillment in wherever I could have ended up. The core of mine could be the same though in whatever I did or wherever I lived. Yeah, where we are born and to whom could be connected with karma. Also with what faculties we are born with - siva
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