The WheelJuly 16, 2009
I pulled a tarot card first thing this morning. It was the Wheel of Fortune. All in all this is a very good card. It means that sometimes it doesn’t matter how hard or how little we’ve worked, some things just happen with no apparent reason, and they are to our benefit. So today, I’m lucky, or so the cards would have me believe.
I’m not a pessimist, but I’ve been thinking about this Wheel of Fortune. It represents luck, but nothing about the card excludes bad luck or even mediocre luck. A tarot website that I consulted, even suggested that this card is about karma, as in “what goes around, comes around.” Can that even be considered luck?
So now that I’ve been pondering on this card for nearly 6 hours, I’ve figured a few things out. First, we’re lucky for the majority of our waking hours. We’re even lucky when we’re sleeping. Many people die in their sleep every night; I didn’t last night, so I guess that makes me lucky.
The candle I left burning while I went out this morning didn’t burn the house down. I didn’t get hit by a truck while I was riding my bike to do some shopping. I have sufficient physical fitness to ride a bicycle several miles. No one stole the bike while I was in the store in spite of not using the lock to secure the bike.
The convenience store was giving away free fruit smoothies. I was able to ride my bike while carrying the smoothie. There was no bad news in my mailbox. I mislaid my cellphone, but found it quickly. It looks like rain, but the sun is still shining. A bee stung me 2 days ago, but I have anti-itch medicine to counteract the venom.
My marriage is secure. I have wonderful children. My parents just celebrated 50 years of marriage. Friends surround me. I’m gainfully employed. I have the summer off from work. The tomatoes are starting to ripen.
So what is it that makes today luckier than other days? Should I be on the lookout for that one big lucky event? Should I buy a lottery ticket?
Or should I be content with the knowledge that on any given day, all of us are lucky to still be here?