On Facebook, my friend Laura posted a score she’d obtained playing WORDLE. “What’s WORDLE?” I asked under the post. She replied by posting the UK link. The first time I played, I guessed the five-letter word in three attempts. A couple of days later I used my first word S-T-O-R-M. The tiles turned over, and I had guessed four letters of the five-lettered word, only they were out of order. I rearranged the pattern in my head and substituted a few other letters for the missing blank, and then I keyed in M-O-I-S- T. Bingo! Got it in two tries. The word “magnificent” popped up to congratulate me. I was atop the world and WORDLE! Yet, when I returned the following day to the game, where I’d been so victorious, it took me all six tries to ascertain the correct word. Did I become so much less intelligent in 24 hours?
What I became was – less lucky. That first word containing five of the correct letters was plain good luck. This win got me thinking about lucky breaks and the serendipitous happenings in one’s life that can lead you to magnificent success. I suppose the opposite is true too. Soul-crushing failures might not be entirely your fault. Bad luck happens.
Luck seems to favor some more than others. It looks kindly on those adventurous souls who take risks. “Nothing ventured, nothing gained:” the old saw goes. If you never go on that blind date, you might not meet Prince Charming. Be in a place where luck might sashay through the open door carrying the perfect shoes for the ball.
Luck favors those who are prepared. If you don’t carry an umbrella when a distant cloud lurks in the sky, you might get drenched and deathly ill. If you don’t wear sunscreen on that hot stunning, yellow polka-dotted bikini-clad, summer day, you might fry with a bad burn which can cause skin cancer and well… that misfortune can lead to worse consequences.
Luck favors optimists. If you don’t believe good things will happen and can happen to you, then you might dismiss Lady Luck even when she’s dressed to the nines, knocking on your door. Staying positive, happy, and seeing rainbows at the end of each storm coaxes luck out of every situation.
Let’s say your chances are akin to those of Lloyd Christmas, played by Jim Carrey in Dumb and Dumber, when his love interest assesses the probability of his getting with her is one in a million. Remember Lloyd grins and says: “So, you’re saying I have a chance!” Be like Lloyd.
Another friend Becky posted a picture on Facebook of a hat she made with a bird’s nest atop it and some plush blue bird stuffed animals sitting atop the nest. She asked her Facebook friends if she should wear it to a fancy gala held to raise funds for bird habitats. All her pals found her proposed headwear charming, funny, and totally in keeping with Becky’s personality. Me too. Yet, I did add a small piece of advice: Carry a large sack of a purse with you so if you feel awkward with your fashion statement, you can quickly un-don the cap and stash it in the oversized pocketbook.
In summary, stay prepared, feel optimistic, and remain adventurous; chances and opportunities will come your way. As to fashion, express yourself. Take a chance to get noticed! If it ends up in a wardrobe malfunction… so what?