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6. The Good, The Bad And The Lucky



None of us are lucky all of the time, but there's not doubt that some people tend to be luckier than others. You might say, it's not fair. Or you might take a look at how they look at life and ask yourself whether it's the way they see the world that is helping them get luckier in it. The truth is that lucky people aren't lucky by sheer accident. They're lucky because of the mindset they bring to life. A mindset that accepts bad luck as inevitable but good luck as something we create by sheer hard work, bravery and optimism.




6. The Good, the Bad and the Lucky


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Too often we lean too heavily on left brain logic alone. So if you've made a few unlucky decisions think about where you could be tuning in more to your intuition and asking yourself "Does this feel right?" Of course it's not about throwing out the logic-baby with the bathwater, but it's about tuning into that 'sixth' sense rather than ignoring it. As research shows, when it comes to the really big decisions in life, over analyzing things can actually lower your odds of making the best decision. Studies have found that your brain discerns subtle, complex patterns that go beyond conscious understanding.


I recall the time that I was held up in an armed robbery when I was 19 weeks pregnant with my first child - then ten days later finding out that my unborn baby had died. My world turned on its axis for a while because I just thought bad unlucky things like that didn't happen to me. Yet, alas, they clearly did. However, I vividly recall in the months that followed making a very conscious decision not to buy into a sense of victimhood. Sure, I'd had two pretty unlucky things happen back to back, but I was determined they would neither define me nor define my future.


Hand in hand with hanging out with like-minded lucky thinking people, it's also vital to heed Gandhi's words and be the change you want to see in others. Look on the lighter brighter side of things. Be cheerful. Share an encouraging word. Offer a helping hand to make someone else feel lucky. Turn those lemons into lemonade. Stand tall, put a smile on your face and step into the rest of your day with a look on your face that tells people you expect to have a good one... regardless of what's happening around you!


In season 9, episode 6, Becky Sharpe walked into the coffee shop Jitters, and we hear a voice-over saying how lucky she was. We even saw a montage about how she fell in love and got engaged. Suddenly, her luck began running out - her boyfriend fell into a coma, and she was accused of a crime she had nothing to do with. She needed a lawyer.


While some bird superstitions are nearly universal, bringing luck or misfortune in any language, others have a decidedly regional flare, giving species hated by some a chance at redemption by others. Some long-held bird beliefs even manage to contradict one another, giving a species a lucky aura in one region and an air of wickedness in others.


Sometimes it's not even the bird itself, but rather its actions that bring either luck or misfortune. Sure, it may sound confusing, but it also makes it easier to roll with the unlucky avian interactions and take full advantage of the ones deemed to bring a touch of luck. Read on to learn the origins behind bird superstitions and find out which still influence our way of life.


People around the world are divided on how the peacock's brilliant feathers can influence luck. In much of the Western world, bringing a peacock feather indoors is bad mojo: Any unmarried females in the home will end up as sad old maids, while all others will simply experience a bout of poor luck. The peacock feather also maintains an unlucky reputation in theater, where the feathers are typically excluded from costumes and scenery due to their association with evil and poor luck.


In China, lucky numbers have pronunciations that are similar to words with lucky meanings. Number 8 holds huge significance as a lucky number. To a lesser extent 2, 6, and 9 are considered lucky. 4 is the most unlucky number in China. As well as these general number superstitions, fengshui and the Chinese zodiac dictate different number luck for different places/people.


In Chinese culture, people believe that lucky numbers can bring them good luck and fortune. So, it is important for Chinese people to choose a good number for important items, such as wedding dates, dates of moving into a new house, numbers of car license plates, telephone numbers, and so on.


6 (六), pronounced liu, is considered lucky as it sounds like the word that means 'to flow', and can indicate smooth progress in life. It also means well-off. Similar to 8, 6 is preferred in number plates and phone numbers. When a couple gets engaged, the man customarily offers a gift to the girl's family which is usually money (RMB 6,666 and such) and this gift signifies a harmonious life for the couple.


Chinese strongly believe in harmony and balance, hence even numbers naturally gain preference over odd numbers. The number 0 is a whole number as well as an even one, especially for money, and is thus considered a lucky digit.


3 (三), pronounced san, is considered lucky due to its similarity in sound to the word that means birth. Additionally, this number represents the three stages in the life of humans - birth, marriage, death - that adds to its importance in Chinese culture.


The number 3 can be unlucky as well depending on the situation and use. For example, gifting to friends or to couples seldom contains the number 3 in any form of association. Three is pronounced 'san' which is similar to the word that means 'to part ways'.


These three numbers are seen as particularly lucky numbers when they are used as the sum of money put into a red envelope (hongbao 红包) for Chinese New Year or a wedding ceremony. The three numbers all express best wishes for a 'smooth future life'.


While we have covered all the Chinese Zodiac signs in more detail, in this piece, we want to leave you with the numeric significance for each sign - read on and see which are your lucky colors and which aren't.


Today, opal is the birthstone for those born in October, loved by people who believe in the power of gemstones and crystals for their healing properties, and are especially favoured by Asian cultures including the Chinese and Japanese who believe opals are lucky for business.


This custom may have also originated with Christians offering thanks for good fortune with this gesture to Jesus Christ, who died on a cross made from wood.8. Tossing Spilled Salt Over Your Shoulder: Good Luck For most of human history, salt has been very valuable; in some places and times, it was worth its weight in gold. One common superstition held that it could purify the soul and ward off evil spirits.So when you spill any amount of salt, you ought to take a pinch and toss it over your left shoulder.By doing this, the superstition says, you drive away any evil spirits attracted to the spill who may want to cause misfortune for the unlucky spiller.


Travel is designed to take you out of your comfort zone and introduce you to new places, people and experiences. While this trip outside your daily life is a coveted part of any vacation, it can also be unnerving or downright anxiety-inducing. To help ease the strain of travel, many voyagers have turned to superstitions designed to help them arrive safely at their destination and ensure the trip goes smoothly. From lucky charms, to when you should leave, to choosing the right flight number, these superstitions run the gamut, leaving nothing to chance. Before you plan your next vacation, check out these 10 travel tales to discover some that might help ease your travel fears.


No. 4 is well known to be an unlucky number because 四 sounds similar to 死 (sǐ), which means "death" in Chinese language. Did you know that if you press a Chinese elevator button to go to the 50th floor of a building, you may actually only be going to the 35th floor? This is because many buildings in China not only omit the 13th floor, but are also missing any floor containing the number 4, which is considered to be the unluckiest number in Chinese culture. The Chinese have many superstitions about numbers, often related to similar-sounding words in the Chinese language, which are called homophones.


In fact, the Chinese are so superstitious about numbers, that they will often spend big money for "lucky numbers" in their life. A man in Hangzhou listed his license plate, A8888, for $140,000 online. (Eight is a particularly auspicious number in Chinese culture.) Not only is that the case, but Chinese people will specifically avoid unlucky numbers during big holidays, such as Chinese New Year, or before a big exam like the SAT or Gaokao.


4 is well known to be an unlucky number because 四 sounds similar to 死 (sǐ), which means "death" in Chinese language. People will go to extremes based on superstitions of the number 4. In China, the presence of the number 4 is avoided in most public settings; in addition to elevator buttons, addresses, ID numbers, phone numbers, license plates, and product names will usually omit the number 4 for fear of being attached to bad luck. Houses and apartments that have 4 in the address number will sell for much less than ones without. Mentioning the number four to an ill family member is considered to be highly offensive, and giving anything with 4 on it to someone can be seen as a death threat.


The number 6 is generally considered to be lucky in China because 六 sounds like 流 (liú), which means "flow" in Chinese. Many businesses display the number 6 to bring good fortune. Unlike in western culture where 666 is associated with the devil, multiples of 6 is good in Chinese culture. A popular Chinese idiom, 六六大顺 (liù liù dà shùn), means that things will go smoothly.


Each day of the week in Thailand has an associated auspicious and inauspicious color: For example, red is lucky on Sunday but unlucky on Monday, whereas green is lucky on Wednesday but unlucky on Saturday, Bernards said. Though these associations are associated with Theravada Buddhism, they are derived from Hindu cosmology. 041b061a72


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