Lucky or Not

How lucky are you? I am not making reference to things like to lottery or gambling in general. The question goes deeper than that?

What I am asking is do you ever stop and realize just how good you have it compared to what others must endure?

Hardly a day goes by that I do not encounter or observe another human being who inspires me to realize that I am a very lucky man. In spite of the objectively observable negative events that have impacted my life, I think of myself as extremely lucky.

Negative Events

Yes, I have a miserable marital record. I have traveled a road littered with failed relationships. I have had business failures. Three times now I have been diagnosed with cancer. In the middle of my chemotherapy treatment, I came down with a staph infection. There is nothing like having two potentially fatal conditions at once to make one truly appreciate life.

Despite that I consider myself to be a very lucky person. To start with I have won the wife lottery. I have a marriage that is wonderful beyond my wildest dreams. Follow that with the fact that I have survived cancer three times. I am in reasonably good health. I have a great career that has afforded me the opportunity to travel the world. I have had the opportunity to rub shoulders with Princes and Paupers and treat them both the same. My life is marvelous.

Not So Lucky

It does not take long on any given day to see someone who has a condition or situation that is much more difficult than mine. A simple trip to the grocery store on any given day will provide me with all of the inspiration I need.

What I see can range from a person who from all apparent observations can barely afford to feed themselves or their family to one who has endured a health tragedy that has them crippled to the point of barley being able to make it through the store.

Yet, there they are. Fellow human beings who, when it is all said and done, want the same basic things that I do.

And here I am. I have those things.

How About You?

I have health and happiness. I have the ability to support myself. I have a wonderful home life. In short I have the things that really matter. And that makes me a lucky man.

So let me ask you this, “Are you feeling lucky?”