IN THIS ISSUE:
All of us have bad luck and good luck.
The man who persists through the bad luck,
Who keeps right on going,
Is the man who is there when the good luck comes,
And is ready to receive it.
Article: A Bad Luck Mind Set?
(Excerpted by permission from Choices and Illusions by Eldon Taylor)
For years I have taught self-responsibility of a special sort. For me, self-responsible means taking responsibility for everything in your life. That does not mean you’re in charge of your environment and in control of all the stimuli you encounter. It does mean that you’re in charge of your own inner environment and you begin to make choices—true choices that are healthy and wise. The so-called bad luck is seen through a different lens. In fact, there’s a story about luck that I like to tell because it illustrates well just how limited our judgments can be. First, however, to frame the story, let me tell you about one of my favorite country songs. The song titled “Unanswered Prayers” tells of a young man who falls in love with a girl in high school. He prays nightly that she will see him and love him in return. She marries another man, and years pass. He eventually meets a woman who turns out to be the real woman of his dreams. A few more years pass, and he receives an invitation to a high school reunion. At the reunion he sees the sweetheart who married another. She has aged early, is nasty and bitter, and in other ways is totally unattractive. He looks at his wife and says, “Thank God for unanswered prayers!”
“Thank God for unanswered prayers!”
So here is the story.
An old rancher back in the Civil War days was just barely getting by. His wife had died giving birth to his only son, and he himself was somewhat crippled with arthritis. His son, therefore, did most the work around the ranch. Now, this rancher was a really nice man, and everyone in town liked him.
One day, the boy was out tilling the ground when lightning struck near the mules. The mules bolted, and the old harness could not hold them. The harness broke, and the mules ran off.
Without the mules, the rancher and his son would not be able to get their crops in, and they were barely making ends meet as it is was. The whole town turned out to commiserate. “Such bad luck” they said. But the old farmer said, “Good luck, bad luck; who knows?”
Good luck, bad luck; who knows?
The next day the mules came running home, and behind them came a whole herd of wild horses. The farmer and his son seized the opportunity because horses were worth a lot of money. Armies on both sides of the Civil War were paying a lot of money for horses. They ran outside and opened the corral gates. When the horses and mules were inside, they closed the gates.
This time the whole town came out to congratulate them. “Such good luck!” they said. But the farmer just said, “Good luck, bad luck; who knows?”
The next day the son went out to break the horses, as nobody would buy a horse he could not ride. However, the very first pony he mounted simply sunfished and switched over. This means that he went up facing west and came down facing east, and then reared completely over backwards. The boy was lucky he wasn’t more seriously hurt, just a broken arm and collarbone. This time the whole town came out to say, “Such bad luck.” The old farmer simply said, “Good luck, bad luck; who knows?”
The very next day the army marched through town and conscripted every able-bodied man. Of course they did not take the farmer’s son, because his arm and collarbone were broken. The whole town turned out again: “Such good luck.” The old farmer simply said, “Good luck, bad luck; who knows?”
The army was heading to Shiloh. Not many lived through that battle. You just never know what is good luck and what is bad luck. But when your bones are broken, you tend to think only of the pain, the inconvenience, the discomfort and so on.
In these times we all can choose to find the good luck in everything that comes to us. Thanks for the read,
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On the Humorous Side
When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.
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Radio Show: Mind Matters with Eldon Taylor
Listen in via the Internet from anywhere in the world, call in toll free and/or join the conversation via the chat room, this week’s guest is Film Producer Jeff Warwick joins Eldon to discuss the new documentary film. Programming the Nation, which debuts at the 7th Annual Santa Cruz Film Festival. This socially relevant documentary explores the supposed use, influence and potential subconscious side effects of subliminal messaging in advertising, film, music and political campaigning. Do you ever find yourself doing or buying things without any conscious reasoning? How is it that the US consumes roughly 25% of the world's resources while only making up 4.5% of its population? Are we all part of an elaborate scheme that has been Programming the Nation? Decide for yourself...
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