W is for winning.
*Sigh.....I know. We did not win the lottery --again. Somebody else got the gazillion dollars and the life of Riley and the Caribbean vacation and the cruises..and....and...and a pretty handsome bank account more suitable to royalty.
Somebody within 50 miles of us won over 50 Million dollars. Seriously. A couple of weeks ago. Somebody else not far away won a cool million or so. A few days ago. Maybe the prizes are moving closer? Surely we dream and jest, but maybe not? Keep the fingers crossed. Think happy. Think winning. Think W is for winning.
We blunder through life oblivious to reality. Not much doubt about that, and the odds in winning a huge lottery are unimaginable; they exceed millions to one. One chance in twenty million, fifty million or a hundred million. We toss numbers around like happy bits of colored confetti. Oh, to have just a few of those happy bits of colored confetti, the kind with big chosen winning numbers printed on them.
The human tendency to denial that one's luck is anything less than perfect is wishful thinking,
Does that make wishing and dreaming any less attractive? No.
Hopefully we made all the right turns to weave our way through the complex pathways of life. Reflection can show us the road less traveled.
Have you ever thought about the other possibilities, the joy, excitement, the better restaurants, nicer home, and new cars? How about the royal treatment, 'round the world vacations, the beautiful life you could be living if you suddenly 'got lucky' and began to suffer a serious winning streak?
It is human nature to dream, but have you ever truly taken the time to imagine yourself on 'the golden road less traveled' ? Seriously, the frivolous, ridiculous, rampant and perhaps reluctant rogue within that could surface, as long as costs are unfettered?
Would you be 'winning' with a different occupation, a different education? How about a different lifestyle, in the extreme, even a different family in the euphoria and fog of money, a different mate, different kids,and different choices ---that a huge lottery win could offer the uncontrolled mind?
Would winning make you a better person? Would you share? Would you be a target? Would you suddenly find dozens of lost relatives, and hundreds of fair-weather friends? Is winning always a good thing?
Maybe not. Shall we step back for an overview? Would you be happier? Money does not make happiness. Happiness is achieved from inner peace and the satisfaction of appreciating not what you don't have, but what you do have.
Winning is all about choices. If you picked the right numbers, you could be winning. It is often forgotten that money simply allows choices not available otherwise. Does that mean instant happiness? No.
Winning, then, really is only in the mind.
I wouldn't mind. Have to get a ticket.....
Is that incoming I hear?