Lucky or blessed?

I consider a stroke of luck as being at the right place at the right time.

When you’re in line to buy tickets to a show and someone walks by and says, “I have some extra tickets” then hands them over to you for free.

Before feeding it a dollar in quarters, you find out there’s still an extra 20 minutes left before the parking meter expires.

Finding two five dollar bills in a purse you haven’t used in a long time.

Winning $200 dollars at the “Wheel of Fortune” slot machine in Las Vegas—after only playing for less than five minutes.

I was once told, “You’re so lucky you were able to have a baby after age 40.”

But there are also certain things that don’t just fall on your lap out of sheer luck. They involve hard work, persistence, gratitude, ambition, and in some cases, miracles.

You’re not “lucky” for having a warm home and blankets on a cold winter day, food on the table, and clothes to wear. You are “blessed” to have them.

Good health. Having enough gas money. Graduating from college. Doing what you love for a living. Enjoying a good backyard barbecue with family and friends. Marrying the love of your life. These are all blessings.

Remember the difference between feeling lucky and being blessed.

Finding a parking space during the busy holiday shopping season is great luck. Giving birth to a healthy baby girl after age 40 is a blessing.

On St. Patrick’s Day, may good luck, and blessings, be with you.

via Daily Prompt: Luck

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