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Happy New Lucky Year

Last year, early in 2019, I decided I was going to have a lucky year.

It was a kind of experiment.

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I have never believed strongly in the effects of positive thinking. All that standing in front of a mirror and saying constructive things to yourself, can’t necessarily force changes to happen. If things are to happen, I believe you have to find a way to make them so. Or fate, itself, intervenes.

Some months ago, I was chatting to blogger Marlene, about fate and destiny, and she was telling me how her daughter just “decided” one day that henceforth, she would have good luck. Marlene told me how she was most surprised when it unfolded that thinking her way to good luck, did in fact work out, for her daughter.

Now I have to admit that I was sceptical that I could create good luck, by simply convincing myself and believing it could happen. But I was intrigued by Marlene’s testimony.

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I decided to give this concept of deciding one could experience good luck by believing it, a test for a month, to see what happened. Even though I knew it was an experiment, I was determined to believe, for the sake of the experiment, that luck was going to come my way. I was still very sceptical, thinking it was just a fun thing to do, and the chances of it working were indeed, slim, at best. But I would try.

Surprisingly, several spells of good fortune came my way that month. I received a substantial and unexpected refund of money and many different things began working out for the better. There were financial and logistical windfalls that caused me to report back to Marlene that, somewhat incredibly, the experiment did seem to be working, or that I was living a huge coincidence.

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Privately, I remained unconvinced that the good fortune would continue in the longer term. Nevertheless, I continued with the experiment, reporting back again to Marlene in our discussions via our blogs. My good luck continued for another two months. 12 months on, it seems that it has turned out to be a very fortunate year, indeed.

Not only did I have a heap of lucky breaks during the construction of my new house build, but there were various other lucky “coincidences,” too. Just one example is when I went to pay for a purchase in a Manchester shop only to discover that I had lost my wallet. For me, that is one of my worst nightmares. There was zero chance of finding it again. I was in a large shopping centre and had absolutely no idea where I had dropped it. Suddenly, it dawned on me and I chided myself, saying under my breath that, of course, I would find it, because after all, it was officially my “lucky year.”

Searching around for it, I retraced my steps into a clothes shop I had stepped into 30 minutes before. I asked the shop assistant if anyone had handed in a wallet. She shook her head – “No, no, sorry,” she said.

I turned to leave but for some reason walked over to the rear of the store and bent down looking under the clothes racks of maxi dresses, which I don’t even particularly like, being of shorter stature. I can’t even remember looking at them as they were an ugly paisley print, something that to me is too busy it resembles pattern vomit and I wouldn’t suit me at all.

There, tucked under the hideously patterned maxi dresses, laying on the carpet, was my wallet. The shop assistant had not even noticed it. It had sat there for over 30 minutes. What are the chances, I thought of everything inside remaining intact?

Yes, I was Lucky.

There were other instances of my lucky year, both minor and major. By October of the year, even my husband, the M.o.t.h., (man of the house), was responding to a potential problem saying, “Don’t worry, It’s okay, it is our lucky year!” I’d convinced the all – time negative Nancy stalwart of sceptics, that you could think yourself into luck!

It may be visualization, pure coincidence, or the lofty belief that someone was watching over me, but it doesn’t really matter. To me, the experiment worked.

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So, I wonder what should I decide 2020 to be?

Have you ever had tried something similar?

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73 thoughts on “Happy New Lucky Year”

  1. That’s a nice story !
    But how in the name of all the gods does one believe one is going to be lucky ? Surely all you can do is formulate the thought ..?

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      1. It was a gold pendant which I have been wearing for 25 years. The chain became unhinged somehow and the pendant dropped on my way to work. I didn’t think about being lucky, I thought surely it would have been picked up in busy traffic and pawned. I retraced my steps and found it 500m away lying by the bottom step of a footpath. Felt like buying lottery 😂😂

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        1. I know the feeling. That was a lucky find. Even retracing your steps, it could have easily been missed, or picked up by a passer by. That chain must be meant to be with you. 25 years! Wow! Have you secured it with a safety chain now?

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          1. Exactly, right!? It was peak traffic as well. I’m very mindful of it now, and you are right, have to think about securing it better!
            Hope your New Year’s been “lucky” so far (although it is gut wrenching to see most of Aus on fire). 🙏🙏

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  2. No I haven’t, but I really think I want to try this one. Last year remains in my mind as pretty negative, largely because of national and international political developments. In my personal life, many good things happened, but these don’t really dominate my picture of 2019. So I suspect that luck may be as much about mindset as anything else. But there’s nothing wrong with that, and it’s definitely a more positive way forward. I’m so glad you found your wallet by the way. Now that IS good luck!

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    1. I am sure that mindset helps, Margaret. I figured it certainly couldn’t hurt. It felt oddly reassuring when at the beginning of a crisis, knowing that it would all work out. Usually, there would be some kind of regret, but this year, no, there wasn’t. If that is solely attributed to mindset, I am an advocate. You must tell me how you find it, if you do decide to try it.

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      1. I’ve decided to begin by that slightly corny thing of recording one happy thing that’s happened to me each day. Today, we saw the very first snowdrop of the year. That’ll definitely do me.

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      1. I am tempted for sure! How wonderful and reassuring and liberating too, it would be to start each day this way. I have a small notebook/notepad where I have been jotting down moments that move me for some time now and I have a gratitude journal where I have write things that I am grateful for each day. I do this at the end of the day and this has been part of my doing things differently for 30 days (ever since I that TED talk). Not that I have been 100% successful in that 30 day thing but I am trying to not give up and find that consistency. I have gotten better for sure! Work in progress…that’s me I feel at all times;)

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          1. Journaling does bring me clarity. And recording everyday little moments is surely a great way to look back on simple moments that tend to get lost. I apologize for my terrible grammatical errors in my previous response 🤦🏾‍♀️ I am sure you understood but I feel like clarifying- “ I heard the TED talk” and “have a gratitude journal where I have been writing things”!
            I recently posted about the food challenge we had talked about a while ago and I wanted to thank you, once again, for that🙂I would love if you took a look at it😊

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            1. I missed the food challenge post. I will be sure to take a look. And no worries about the grammar. I understood what you meant and usually do my best proof reading after I hit ‘send.’ Lol.

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  3. Thats cool Amanda. Although I’ve never tried thinking good luck, i know that thinking negative has only ever brought me misery.. 2020 seems a good year to try it!

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    1. That’s the irony, isn’t it, Sandy? Many folks, (like me in the past), find it hard to believe, or are reluctant to think, that a continued thought of anticipating good luck, or looking for good luck, might assist to bring good luck upon yourself. Yet there is always so much evidence that negative thinking is self perpetuating, hampers your health and can detract from clear thinking and productivity. When you think negatively you are not concentrating 100% on what you’re doing and therefore are much more likely to have accidents or mishaps, make mistakes, have things going wrong- this way, it is like bad luck becomes self-fulfilling. So why not self-fulfilling good luck? Are you thinking of giving it a go?

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      1. Luck is a dangerous thing to believe in. I know of people who’ve based their obsessions on luck, even personifying it. Instead, i will keep to thinking positive 🙂

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        1. If you believed you could have continuous good luck without pause or end, you might be delusional? Personifying luck – do you mean a lucky charm or person that brings them perceived luck?

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  4. I do believe that a positive attitude makes a difference… It sure can’t make things worse 😉 And it is interesting to see how this little experiment turned out for you! I just might try it out, too 🙂 Have an amazing 2020, and keep your luck coming! xx

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    1. Hi Cyranny!! Happy New Year!! A positive attitude has many flow on benefits health wise, when compared to negativity. Is there a trip to Denmark on the agenda for you, this year, Cyranny?

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  5. Happy New Year. Great idea t be positive. The Bible says: As a man (woman) thinks so he will become.
    Be become what we dwell on. Good advice for all of us to remember.
    Speaking of bad luck, so sorry to hear about the forest fire. Where are you in relation to all that is going on?

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    1. We are further north, Phyllis. In the sun relics it is more humid and w tend to have more of the annual rainfall in summer. Although, we do have fires here too, just less of them. No one in Australia is really completely safe.

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  6. I do it with parking especially around Christmas when spots are at a premium. I drive into the shopping centre car park calmly and convinced I will find a park. I let people into queues, smile, wave… and always find a park. Not just any spot either. It will be on the end of a row or near the door or under a tree if it’s a hot day. I call it Parking Karma. 😁
    So glad to hear you had such a lucky year. May the year ahead be just as positive. Happy New Year, Amanda!

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      1. I always try for “Rock Star” car parking all the time and am usually at the door 80% of the time. Give it a go you will be amazed. My bestie likes finding a shady spot and can get one even if we have to walk a fair way in the sun lol

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  7. Well, this was a nice surprise to read. Thank you for the ping back, Amanda. My daughter and I used different words for it. I call it being blessed but not in a religious sense. More spiritual. She does kind deeds throughout the day and when she needs a good parking space, she declares that her parking karma ticket is fully loaded. It keeps her more patient with other drivers as well. I just read this to her and more and more, she sees her luck pouring in. You always get what you expect. I converted my last husband too. 😉 He started to be more generous and giving and then I would point out the blessings that popped up out of nowhere. Then he started sharing it with others. Have a very lucky life and a happy 2020. It will get better.

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    1. Blessings is a beautiful way of calling good fortune or luck by another name. And there is the added layer of building up karma parking credits! In a way this altruistic attitude means one is always seeking to help others. That is a small gesture that can have massive ramifications – which it sounds like you already have had. Ramifications in a good way though. Happy 2020 to you and your daughter.

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  8. Happy New Year. Previous to last year we were told we were so “lucky”. It annoyed me as I do believe there really is no such thing. Being in the right place at the right time, hard work and a few other “things” I suppose could be classed as a form of luck.

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    1. I used to think as you do, Suzanne, before I tried this experiment. It was all a bit silly. A placebo effect. You found luck because you were looking for it. I still believe that, but I are not about to look a gift horse in the mouth. Coincidence or wishing – I will take the good luck with open arms. And you are absolutely right about being the master of your own fate. Hard work, and ‘lucky breaks’ are also a form of fate that can be contrived.

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  9. That is awesome.. Waking up happy is my choice and being grateful tends to make it lucky.. 2020 is definitely my lucky year.. 😉 Happy and lucky 2020 to you too.. 😉

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  10. I don’t know if I believe in luck, but I do believe what goes around comes around. What you send out into the world comes back to you, and you believed you were going to have good fortune, so you sent out positive vibes. Others pick up on that and treat you well, and so on. The opposite is also true, if you’re negative and expect the worst, you’ll probably get it. Good experiment, I’d continue it.

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  11. What a delightful experiment. I read about this challenge of yours on Cranny’s Cove and it excites me. I think of luck as a state of mind, don’t you? It’s the sort of challenge that will not only benefit me (a very ‘lucky’ me) but will also benefit those around me. Thanks for sharing and putting it out there for us. I have no doubt whatsoever that luck will find me on a daily basis. Many thanks!

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    1. I was quite sceptical when I first spoke about it, but had committed to giving it a go. It was a surprise and very uplifting when it worked! It doesn’t matter if it was a coincidence, because thinking it is a coincidence is somewhat irrelevant in terms of buoying one’s mood. Luck will definitely find you if you open your heart to it! I am so happy you are on board with the experiment! Let’s spread that luck far and wide to all! Thanks for getting in touch, MargeKatherine. From your blog title, it looks like we are in the same life stage!

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    1. Oh this is a great. More of us who are thinking ourselves to good luck and positivity. Thanks so much for the pingback. Let me know how it works for you.

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