Thursday, March 8, 2012

Are You Feeling Lucky?

I hope you do. It’s a state of mind I recently needed a reminder to get back to, after a few weeks of writing setbacks and health issues. To add to that, I found out that my health insurance has not been paying the full bill, so my doctor’s office was sending me bills for the remainder. To an address where I lived a decade ago! They updated my new address info over the years, but for some reason the billing database had reverted back to old data. Since I never got the bills and didn’t pay, they sent the bills to collection. When your bills are sent to collection, it goes on your credit report and stays there for seven years! Ruined credit here I come. Never mind that they have my correct phone number, and at any time they could have made a two minute call and I would have come down and wrote them a check.

Anyhow, so one of the health things I’m dealing with is a growing list of food allergies. The other night, trying to figure out what to make for dinner, I went through the cupboards and the fridge, and realized there wasn’t a thing in the house I could eat. I just put in a 12 hour writing day and was washed out and starving. I didn’t feel like hopping in the car and dragging myself to the grocery store. So hungry and annoyed, there I stand in front of the open fridge door, muttering “Why me?” when my husband says,

“You know, I just heard something about that on the radio on the way home from work. There was this guy saying, every once in a while, go into your house and look at it as a homeless person would. Open your fridge and ask, ‘Why me?’ ‘What have I done to deserve this bounty?’”

And there my little pity party came to a screeching halt. Even on days when I don’t feel particularly lucky, I definitely know that I’m LUCKY BEYOND WORDS to have my husband in my life. He is definitely my steady rock. And when I think of that, my grouchiness turns into gratitude, which is really the right place to be. I have a great family, and the best readers in the world who make my dream of writing for a living possible every single day. How is that for lucky?

“The harder you work, the luckier you get,” goes the old quote, and I do believe that wholeheartedly. My fictional heroines don’t whine. They get the job done. They don’t wait for rescue. Half the time, they’re the one rescuing the hero, in fact. And that’s the attitude I’m taking today. Lucky is a state of mind. I’m beginning to think that person is about as lucky as they make up their mind to be.

What do you think? Are you feeling lucky? What was the luckiest day in your life? I’d love to hear your take on this, so please post a quick note if you have a minute. And please, come by my FB page and click Like I would so love to have you among my online friends.



  1. Hi Dana,

    I guess I am pretty lucky. I already did like your Facebook page. I would have to say my luckiest day was the day my daughter was born.

  2. I am with Tammy, and the luckiest day for me was when my daughter was born. I already like your FB too.

  3. Lucky? I always said I wasn't, and that if my name was the only name in the hat it would blow away. Well, I think you said it all, luck is what you make it. My lucky days are many, a wonderful husband, 2 happy healthy children that are now grown and doing well. I am so proud of them. I don't know what I did to deserve them, or what I did right, but thank you lord...Yes, many lucky days...

  4. Great post, Dana. I've been trying to live life with an "attitude of gratitude" in recent years. Some days the attitude doesn't shine through, but most of the time, it's really powerful. Thanks for the reminder how lucky I am! :)

    Oh, and I consider my luckiest day to be the day I met my husband. I wouldn't have everything else I have (including 3 fab kids) without him. And to think I almost didn't go kicker dancing with my friends that night...would never have met him!

  5. I guess my luckiest day was the day the Lord pushed me to go for a mamagram. Lump found and I am waiting on healing and results of tests. Yes it was a lucky day because it had been13 years that I had put it off and the lump was very small. I read about those who lose limbs and their homes and I feel very lucky indeed.

  6. Tammy, Gayle, Anne Marie and LS--I consider my family the greatest blessing, too. Many things can go wrong, but as long as we have our families, we are okay.

    Connie-I'm so glad you are well!!! Wishing you the best of health!

  7. I definitely feel lucky! I do think part of it is focus. My wise neighbor told me recently that her strategy with teenagers is to put all your attention toward the positives in that kid, and to completely ignore anything negative. I think that's a good strategy for life, though not always easy. But I do think that we create our own reality by deciding where to focus our attention.

    The luckiest day in my life was the day I married my husband.

  8. Although many things have gone wrong in my life and I am not in the best of health I still feel lucky. I own my own home instead of being homeless. I have friends who would do anything for me instead of having no one I can call for help. So yes I feel lucky.

  9. Jenel, I like your neighbor's strategy! Makes a lot of sense.

    EllenToo, From what I've seen of you on the boards, you are a wonderful person. No wonder you have all those great friends!

  10. I don't know if I could name one lucky day. Maybe the day I met my husband, the day I found out I was having a girl after having two boys, any number of days could count for all my blessings.

    Enjoyed the blog and have added this book to my list. Really enjoy the Harlequin Intrigue books!

  11. Those who are heavy-set with material desires will have a lot of trouble when their things are taken away from them or lost. Possessions do end up owning you, not the other way around. Become a person of minimal needs and you will be much more content. Minocycline


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