Don’t we all harbor a little bit of superstition in the recesses of our minds? I’m guessing that the most skeptical person on Earth has let himself/herself feel lucky at some point in life. I posit that it’s nearly impossible for an aware, thinking being to escape subjective thought for long. It is subjectivity that enables the concepts of being unlucky and lucky.
On the whole, we humans tend to notice clues that are inauspicious or auspicious. We may chalk something up to coincidence or good luck. Even the best laid plans are not guaranteed of fruition. Sometimes success lands into your life without any sort of scheme. Whether or not a person ultimately succeeds or fails appears to be happenstance.
Whether I’ve had a close brush with danger or if I’ve experienced a personal victory, I thank my lucky stars. I love to use idioms in general and idioms about gratitude in particular. We can “thank heavens”, “thank the Lord”, thank the fates, thank a guardian angel, or thank Lady Luck. It seems that my default saying regarding fortunate outcomes refers to my lucky stars.
I’m not certain as to why lucky stars are the first to come to mind when something goes right. There’s the probability that it’s just habitual. Yet, how did it become my favored idiom?
I’ve had a string of good luck lately, and have been reflexively thanking my lucky stars a lot. I hope the good fortune will continue. Will my superstition about lucky stars turn on me if I look too closely at it. Like all matters regarding the topic of luck, the more one tries to analyze the concept, the more elusive it becomes. Have you noticed this, too?
In my case, the preference to thank my lucky stars probably evolved during my early twenties. It was at that stage of early adulthood that I seriously dabbled with astrology. The subject was the most appealing aspect of New Age culture, in my opinion. The astrological literature says that because my Sun Sign is Leo, that my ruling “planet” is the Sun–the closest star to Earth.
So, is my personal lucky star the Sun? Maybe it is or maybe it isn’t. Perhaps the lucky stars are those that are found in the Leo constellation. To try to discern which astronomical object is one’s lucky star seems vain and pointless. Why would Regulus or the Sun be particularly auspicious? Even if there are such things as lucky stars, how are we to know which of them are our personal lucky stars?
Just in case there is such an actual thing as a lucky star, it seems that we only have one of them for all of humanity and life on Earth. Our lucky star is the Sun, because without it, we would not exist. In this case, we were all born under a lucky star. It is not up to the Sun what we do or what we don’t do. Whether or not we succeed or fail, is largely up to what we do or don’t do. That, and circumstance.
These are just my opinions. I thank my lucky stars for today.
The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes the fictional”Star Trek” captain of the starship USS Enterprise, James T. Kirk. “Second Star to the right and straight on ’til morning.”