Luck?!? – Or is it something more?
A few days ago, I learned that an individual who had recently achieved major milestones in life – in her words “Suddenly all my life goals have been achieved.” – died in an automobile accident.
A hard worker, she had worked her way through bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Once settled into her dream job, she began to focus on finding a “good man” to settle down and raise a family with.
She “lucked” into finding and purchasing a home she adored, in a neighborhood in which she felt “at home,” before meeting a mate. Though as things went, it turned out the man she soon felt to be her “soul mate,” (he felt the same) lived right next door. They opted to sell his home and reside in hers. Three months following their marriage, came the fatal auto accident. As might be expected, her new husband is reeling with grief. And wondering about words and phrases often bandied around in our culture. Words such as: Luck. Fate. Destiny. Soul Purpose. Karma. Dharma. God’s Will. Soul Growth. Soul Purpose. (I could go on and on).
“Just one of those things,” some people said. “Totally weird,” claimed another. “How can this BE?!?” was a question a friend asked.
An individual distracted and driving too fast, weaving in and out of traffic, ran her off the road with fatal consequences.
Family, friends, and associates commented sadly regarding how an amazing whirlwind of success and achievement had then “gone south,” in sudden tragedy.
There are many ways to consider such outcomes. Each choice, each decision, each impulse – moment by moment – for each of us – is a step in one direction or another through life. It is not ours to see with full clarity where these steps may ultimately take us.
Decisions, choices, options led to this nice lady being where she was at just that tragic moment in time, as well as to the many fortunate experiences prior to that tragedy.
Seeming hard work, smart choices, right living, and responsible actions, may result in tragedy, rather than life long bliss. Nothing is certain. Nothing assured.
We’ve all heard of Lotto winners who wind up bankrupt in a year or three. And we’ve heard of winners who use a windfall to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Is it about skill, and choices, or is there something more in the works….?!?
Years ago, there was a story about a man who fell many stories from a high rise building and miraculously survived without injury. My own husband fell 35 feet and survived, with injuries that a skilled surgeon was able to resolve, when others had offered no hope.
Many such tales skirt the edges of anomalous experience. Others are totally mind-blowingly anomalous.
How much of our path in Life is the result of one decision leading to another – consciously or unconsciously – charting a course? How much is directed by higher levels of Self – the Unconscious – one’s Aumakua (capital A vs lower case – there is a difference in meaning of this particular word) – guardians – guides – Angels – that which we have little knowledge or understanding of, much less words to accurately articulate?
I’m not much a believer in “dumb luck.” Or as Einstein put it: “God does not play dice with the Universe.” (Though, yes, I understand Einstein was addressing Max Born relative to Quantum Mechanics.)
Might Dharma, Karma, choices made pre-birth for soul growth, soul journeying, soul wisdom – some thing equivalent to selecting (or being directed toward) course work in the University of Life, be involved?
Personally, I’ve come to view life as a stage upon which we each play a role, somewhat free form and interpretational perhaps. As is the case with actors in a stage play, off stage one may be good friends with an actor who may be playing their adversary on stage.
The above was written just prior to an important medical workup. During the course of, and in the aftermath, of the exam, I came to “see” that I have an ongoing personal experience to share that may appear to have involved amazing “good luck” repeating and repeating over the course of 36 years. In beginning to lay it out on paper, I came to recognize that the whole of my story involves so very much more. While at first I thought the message was to include it as part of this essay, I have come to see it is far too lengthy and delves into an assortment of anomalous matters. That story will constitute my next essay.
Meanwhile: 1 Corinthians 13:12 International Standard Version (ISV)
12 Now we see only an indistinct image in a mirror, but then we will be face to face. Now what I know is incomplete, but then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.
I’d like to see discussion of the subject matter presented here, as well as the sharing of similar experiences, involving seeming good or ill.