Once, an old farmer’s old horse ran off into the hills. When, his
neighbours sympathised with him over his bad luck, the farmer replied,
'Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?'
A week later the horse returned with an imposing wild horse from the
hills and this time the neighbours congratulated the farmer on his good
luck. His reply was, 'Good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?'
The farmer's son fell off and broke his leg while attempting to tame the
wild horse. Everyone thought this to be bad luck. But the farmer
maintained the same reaction, 'Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?'
A week later the army marched into the village and forcefully enlisted
every able-bodied youth. However they let off the farmer's son due to
his broken leg.
Luck is said to be good if things go our way and bad if things go
astray. But what seems good luck may actually turn bad and vice versa as
So often, we hurry to attribute our so-called-luck to ridiculous
In fact, superstition arises from beliefs in luck being controlled by
unseen forces, magical rituals and bizarre behaviour.
Obviously, people who believe in luck tend to disconnect with pluck!
People who can be described retrospectively as “lucky” actually generate
their own success via the following tactics:
- They develop proactive skills to notice and create
- They make prudent decisions using imagination as
intuition. They create self-fulfilling prophesies via positive
- They adopt a resilient logical attitude to transform
so called bad luck into good.
- Dynamic personalities do not bother too much
about luck… they create their own “luck”!
So often we pray for Good fortune to eclipse our Bad Luck…
But to BE BETTER at scripting our destiny, let’s hold on to pluck!
- Pravin K. Sabnis
June 29, 2009, Goa, India.