Luck or Choice?
Recently, a friend visiting from the UK commented on how lucky I was to be living in France and to enjoy my work. Actually, I do feel pretty lucky. When I look at my life, I love what I see. However, another friend instantly countered the idea of my situation being simply a matter of luck. He pointed out that I was living this life as a result of the choices I’d made.
You know what? He’d made a point. Yes, yes, I know that it’s a turn of phrase, but it’s also an important idea. Whereas luck is associated with things happening by chance, I’m living this life because I chose to – and took action.
Choosing to Change
Twelve years ago my life was entirely different. With a good job and a nice house, I was – in the eyes of society – successful.
Then I had an “Is this it?” moment. You ever had one of those?
Right now, I’m sat in the garden of our ancient home in the Languedoc region of France. Our Labrador is at my feet, our Terrier is transfixed by the lizards that come out at this hour and the air is filled with the unrelenting “noise” of the cicadas. My glass of cold white wine has left a watery circle on the slate table top we brought with us when we moved here from the UK. I’ve had an absorbing day in my jewellery workshop making one of my unique compass creations. I am content.
Inspiration to Choose
Perhaps today’s compass jewellery creation will inspire someone somewhere to choose their direction and be as “lucky” as I am. I hope so.
Isn’t it great that we can choose our direction and that it’s not all down to luck?