Most of us know that, but how many of us are aware the same thing applies to luck? I’m guessing not many, and I think that may be because most of us don’t give ourselves time to contemplate ideas like that.

There are always other things to do; work, clean, shop, post selfies, stay connected.

Thinking about whether or not we are lucky may sound weird, but I think it is important because if we can see ourselves as fortunate we are going to be far happier than if we think we are getting a raw deal.

The way I see it, people who think they are lucky are lucky; and people who think they are victims are victims… well, at least of their own thoughts.

That might sound like I am promoting positive thinking, but I am not.

I’m just suggesting that once in a while we should slow down, step back and try to take a realistic look at ourselves and our situations.

If we can throw in some historical perspective, I think most of us will find we have a lot going for us.

I’ll use my own situation as an example. I’ve had a few medical problems over the years – spinal ops, hernias, gum surgery – so I could be forgiven if I let my body’s failings get me down.

But that’s not what happens.

As a matter of fact, when something starts to depress me I often look to my medical experiences to cheer me up and put my life in perspective.

Sure, I’ve been under the knife eight times, but I’ve come through all of them and when I think about it I have to feel extremely lucky other people have spent time developing the skills and techniques that sorted me out.

If I hadn’t been living in Botswana when my back blew out for the third time I probably would have had to have a fusion instead of getting the artificial disc that was on offer in Johannesburg.

The metal and rubber device restored all the movement in my back but it is still not approved for use in the USA where I grew up or in the UK where I live now.

The procedure was also very new when I had the op so if my disc had gone a few years earlier anywhere in the world, I’d have had to have the bones in my lower back stuck together.

How lucky was that? Anyway, all those ops meant I spent a great deal of time on my own recovering and in rehabilitation.

I know it sounds boring but that time allowed me to think about all kinds of things including how lucky I am.

As a result, I know that if I could live my life over, I wouldn’t change a thing.

I’m far from perfect but all my problems have helped me get to where I am today and I am quite happy with that.

I think most people would come to the same conclusion… if they took the time to think about it.

I’m not saying we should make believe everything is great, but if we can appreciate how lucky we are I think we will find it much easier to behold beauty in our lives.

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