Saturday, April 9, 2016

Storytelling Saturdays: Luck?

"Do you believe in luck?"

I stared across the table at the young man asking me this question. It was a job interview. "Luck?"

"Yes. Luck!"

"I'm Irish. If you read a history book you will see luck is not our forte'." That was all I could come up with.

"Not Vegas luck. I mean luck."

I looked at him and thought. I gave the only response I could.

"This scar, I am fortunate I did not lose my finger. This one was from getting stabbed. I'm still alive due to skilled EMT and ER staff. I have several other scars and surgical wounds. All have a story.

I believe that when bad things happen to us, they could have been worse and we can learn from them. I believe that opportunity surrounds us often and we all too often do not recognize it. I believe love is more important than money, but I seem to be lacking in both.

But luck? What is that? A mystical force that looks out for some and ignores or even punishes others? If there were such a thing, I would want no part of it."

"So um..." He stammered. "You don't believe in God?"

"God is luck?" I asked.

We would move on to other matters in the interview and luck was forgotten. I'm trying to figure out what the right answer would be in an interview regarding luck.

My answer seemed to change the dynamic and tone of the conversation. It is hard to explain.

The incident did get my brain churning. Is that the idea of God some have. Good luck and bad luck? When is luck good? When a bad thing does not happen or if we survive it? Who decides which luck is good or bad when the story of our life is not finished? One of the scars I showed him almost killed me and has left me with a lifetime of pain. But it was also a turning point in my life. It was a wake up call for a better life. So some would call it bad luck and I would have to say it was a damn good thing. Is his version of the god of luck dependant on individual interpretation of events or peer review? If luck is bad, is that just life or is there some way to win lucks favor?

All I know is that this whole luck thing sounds very complicated and I don't understand the rules. I'll just keep being grateful and seeking opportunities. If something goes wrong, I'll try to learn from it and accept what happened.

Don't know about this luck.

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