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libertygrl
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Posted 10/14/09 - 6:36 AM:
Subject: good luck is just a positive attitude
or is it?

www.telegraph.co.uk/technol...n-easy-skill-to-learn.html

any thoughts?
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Posted 10/14/09 - 8:27 AM:

I've always said I was born for luck. grin

There is always a reason for things that seem to depend on (bad) luck. If you consistently get the above-the-odds or below-the-odds benefit, there is something going on. Of course, there is always something going on.

In table tennis, which I'm not very good at but do have a lot of experience with, it is a well-known fact. In any given match, the one who has an 'up' day almost always has lady luck on his side. The reason is that he will be just a bit quicker than normal, or hit just a bit harder, which makes a ball go in where it would normally go out. And vice versa.
Or, when your opponent makes it very hard for you and you can only just cope, very often you become lucky. Only because you're playing on the edge and so you often seem to get lucky when it's only just in or the ball slightly deviates after hitting the net, because you could only just get it right.

A friend of mine always aims for the lines. He's so proficiƫnt at it that most of his shots actually do drop on the line. And sometimes they are right on the edge. It seems to be luck, but it really isn't, because even a small imperfection in his shots will often have such an effect that seems lucky.

Here, my thoughts. Who will be the lucky person who gets to post on this forum?!
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Posted 10/14/09 - 12:33 PM:

interesting thoughts smoki. artists and musicians speak of the experience of being in flow, which sounds much like what you describe. i suppose athletes probably can also relate. a question for everyone: do you suppose that luck is some kind of accessible energy or force (even if we don't yet have the technology to detect or measure it), or is it merely the appearance of such after the fact?
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Posted 10/16/09 - 4:41 AM:

libertygrl wrote:
or is it?

www.telegraph.co.uk/technol...n-easy-skill-to-learn.html

any thoughts?



Good article. I came to notice it before though. You ask for my opinion and I would give you old,repetitive 'karma'.laughing


The point is not that there are certain traits but why there are those traits,almost ingrained. And whether such traits can become a learned behavior. It is,because of your degree of vibrancy,or say,because of your consciousness,that you find yourself lucky,unlucky,happy or unhappy. Some pain is inevitable and suffering is optional. Disasters,upheavals,sudden gains,opportunities are there because change is inevitable. Forms are appearing and disappearing. The ingrained pattern of our behavior is so designed that we see and behave in unique and peculiar ways. This makes us lucky/unlucky.



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Posted 10/26/09 - 6:52 AM:

I don't know if I'd go with the "just" part of the question. There are random elements that occur as one walks down the street. But a good attitude at least encourages one's intimate perceptual and volitional equipment to select what is beneficial and ignore the rest. A good attitude is a direction finder one could reset every day, or at least check from time to time.
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Posted 11/19/09 - 3:32 PM:

I'd say that "flow" in artistic creation, athletic performance and work is related to a sense of vital connection. The lucky one could be a skillful meditator, say, or frequently energized because of soccer, or reliably high on work he loves. The resulting sense of vital context would diminish the fear and self-consciousness that produce awkwardness.

Because it increases competence and the efficacy of hunches, the flow condition probably produces "luck." Because they generate errors and alienate people, fear and self-consciousness probably invite "bad luck."

I'd say most of us swerve from the one mode to the other and back.
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Posted 11/20/09 - 11:16 AM:

Now that my flu is over and done...


There is no luck (good or bad).

Folks like to slough off responsibilities for their errors by chalking it up to 'bad luck', and to self-denigrate and chalk up successes to 'good luck'.

Also: folks -- unable to admit that shit happens for no reason at all (and being unable to admit that living is not an exercise in 'destiny' or 'fate', but is just 'living') -- look to source both 'good' and 'bad' in an apparently non-existing 'divine'.

All hooey...all supranatural hokum.
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Posted 11/28/09 - 3:20 PM:

Well, clearly, processes don't happen for "no reason"; they are caused by prior processes. It is, however, true that they do not always happen for me. I'm referring, of course, to natural, not man-made processes.

If I have a positive attitude and am wedded to that attitude, my mind continually reaches for, searches for, friendship, opportunities and good times. When such persons and opportunities and times offer themselves, I at once recognize them and accept them, if I have a positive attitude.

If I am picker of half-hidden mushrooms, the kind that try to look like little heaps of dirt, and if I'm any good at it, I develop an acuity of interest in those specific little heaps and see them wherever they are. Probably I often arrive home with mushrooms. Lucky day, I say.
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Posted 11/30/09 - 10:53 AM:

"...processes don't happen for "no reason"; they are caused by prior processes..."

Sure: but those reasons (causes) have no moral dimension.

When I speak of 'reasons', I refer to 'meanings' and 'moralities'.

There are plenty of both in the world: but 'we' -- as individuals -- craft them...meaning and morality are not handed down from 'on high'.

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"...I develop an acuity of interest in those specific little heaps and see them wherever they are. Probably I often arrive home with mushrooms. Lucky day, I say."

A well-focused and skill-full day, I'd say... wink
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