Tuesday, November 11, 2008
As luck would have it
"If you choose to rely on a rabbit's foot for luck, be aware that it didn't work for the rabbit."
I'm often guilty of playing the Luck Card, attributing success to being in the right place at the right time. I wonder about people who just happen to bump into the King of The Publishing World in line at the post office, or meet the beloved daughter of the Queen of Making Bestsellers in the produce aisle.
If it's hard work and not luck, that's too bad, because that means you'd have to cover every produce aisle and every post office 24/7 to be sure to bump into someone who'll be helpful to your career.
Unless you have a few things going for you—objects or rituals that are lucky for you.
I've been known to toss an article of clothing that failed me—not that it didn't look good, but that I wore it three times and something went wrong each time. Maybe I missed the bus the first time, got overcharged by a cabbie the second time, and ran out of gas the third time. Out, blue jacket!
I have certain rituals and superstitions that get me through tricky times; some are OCD-related, like lining things up; others are too embarrassing to share on the open 'net.
What do you think? What's luck got to do with it?