By Monica Zollinger
Are there such things as chance or luck? Dictionary.com states that chance is the absence of any cause of events that can be predicted, understood, or controlled or a possibility or probability of anything happening. Luck is defined as good fortune; advantage or success, considered as the result of chance. The absence of any cause? I believe Sir Isaac Newton would not agree to chance or luck.
In his laws of motion, Newton addresses the cause and effect relationship between force and motion. I like to think of this as my energy and what I do with it. Newton states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. So, in other words, there is no such thing as luck. Nothing happens by chance. I love Leslie’s acronym of L.U.C.K. – Living Under Correct Knowledge. When we have a knowledge of universal laws and how they work, we are aware of how much control we have over our life circumstances through our choices, thoughts, and actions.
Understanding the Law of Cause and Effect can help us make wise decisions in life. My dad didn’t have a lot of formal education, but he was smart and understood the law of cause and effect. He used to call it the Golden Rule—”Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” He also understood “that which ye sow, ye shall also reap.” He didn’t have a lot of money, but he considered himself rich. He knew that what you put out into the universe is what will come back to you. Let me give you an example. He would take groups of people out on a jeep excursion to the Hole-in-the-Rock. He would provide all the food. He would tell people that $20/person would cover his expenses for three days’ worth of food.
One day I told him he was losing money because not everyone paid him. His response to me was, “I don’t care. I’m not going to get upset about it. If it doesn’t come from them, it will come from somewhere else. Worrying about money from someone who doesn’t pay just makes me feel bad. If they don’t pay, that’s their problem. It always works out.”
Dad was always positive and grateful for what he had. He put kindness, happiness, trust and success out in the universe and that’s what he got back. His trust and success were in his relationships. Good relationships were a big part of his life.
As we become aware that our future is determined by our choices, then the choices we make in each moment will be more in harmony with our life’s purpose. There is a quote or poem that states “Watch your thoughts, they become your words; watch your words, they become your actions; watch your actions, they become your habits; watch your habits, they become your character; watch your character, it becomes your destiny.”
When making choices, we should think about the consequences of our choice and how our choice will affect both ourselves and those around us. Will it bring us happiness? Is it helping us fulfill our life’s purpose?
Another way of knowing if our choice is a good choice is to ask our heart. The heart is far more accurate than the limits of our rational thoughts. If we get a sense of comfort, then it is a right desire. If we get a sense of discomfort, it may not be an appropriate choice.
The universe never gets it “wrong” because it only provides what is manifest through our thoughts and our actions. What we give out always comes back to us. Like a boomerang. What we choose (consciously or unconsciously) determines our future circumstances. There is no chance, only L.U.C.K. As we live under correct knowledge about our thoughts and the effect they have on what we give and receive in our lives, our circumstances will be exactly the way we want them to be.
Decisions determine destiny!
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