Glücklich, chanceux, lucky, afortunado, udashni…
The word “lucky” exists in most languages and has many disciples. People who believe and pray for happy accidents.
Luck is this indefinable quality that brings good fortune upon somebody by chance, rather than through one’s own deliberate actions.
Be it in sports, finance, love, war, being lucky is a blessing that few can do without. Being accomplished at something is good, but being lucky is definitely better. All successful people have one day been enormously lucky.
But luck is a fickle lady. She has to be wooed properly. One date is not sufficient to win her heart. If you want more luck, you have to be more proactive and be more willing to take chances. “Luck, like the old Trabant car, generally only works if you push it. “
In pétanque for instance, in order to win, it is better to take a chance on a risky shot rather than to concede a point, for Lady Luck smiles upon the audacious. If you miss your target the Lady might be willing to grant you a few bonus points just for trying.
And you cannot win at the lottery if you don’t buy a ticket.
Luck has also something to do with being in the right place at the right time.
Seneca (Roman philosopher), wrote, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”
As an amateur photographer I try to always carry a camera with me, for you never know when the “one-in-a-thousand” shot is going to pop up. If a magnificent rainbow suddenly appears, you better be ready to bag it.
Like a flighty woman, Lady Luck will give you only a small window of opportunity to take advantage of her benevolent mood.
If you are not ready, you won’t be lucky.
“I believe in luck: how else can you explain the success of those you dislike?” Jean Cocteau