I don’t believe in luck.
My past forays into believing in luck have only ever led to me experiencing “bad luck.” That’s because when you let luck drive you, you’re sitting in the passenger seat of your own life. That means your car is sitting in neutral with no one in the driver’s seat (remember, luck doesn’t exist, so it’s not going to drive you anywhere). And if no one is driving, the car might roll forwards to where you want to go but it might also roll backwards or just go nowhere. When you realize there is no such thing as luck – there’s just you working toward your goals, and nothing else – then you will have the power to determine where you end up.
Case in point, I spent years looking at thin and healthy people, and wondering why the powers that be granted them such amazing luck to look that way. Then I would look at my own body, get depressed, and sit around wishing I could get thin too. I would spend that time eating junk food and sitting on the couch. It sounds contrary to the goal of losing weight, I know, but it’s okay; when you’re expecting some other force to make you thin, you don’t need to watch what you eat. You can imagine the success I was met with, ie. none! I stumbled onto DDP Yoga via the Arthur video, and thanks to DDP, DDP Yoga, DDP radio, and teamDDPyoga.com, I have learned how to take control of my body and my health.
A particular pet peeve of mine in terms of luck is anything related to lotteries, raffles, or gambling. On top of lacking the honour of working toward a goal yourself, any aspiration to win those kinds of games of chance fly in the face of any rudimentary understanding of maths or statistics. A certain relative of mine often starts conversations about what they would do if they won the lottery, and I just can’t help rolling my eyes.
Here comes the “but”.
BUT, there’s an exception to my holier-than-thou anti-daydreaming principles. I recently entered the DDP blog challenge. I don’t expect to win. There are some really inspiring people who have either been here longer than I have, or who have overcome greater hurdles than I have, or who have gotten further than I have. And more to the point, I don’t need to win. When I bought my DDP Yoga DVDs I wanted to drop 20lbs and have less sore knees. Instead I got the following: I have lost 37 lbs; I’m training for a half-marathon; I have made some amazing friends; I have been honoured to be on the transformation page to help others find their way to this amazing system; I have had phone calls and emails from DDP himself motivating and inspiring me; I have found the one place on the planet where everyone is genuinely supportive of one another, where there is no jealousy or cattiness, where everyone is cheering you on when you’re up, and picking you up when you’re down regardless of where they are in their journey; I have accomplished an ever-growing list of yoga poses and non-yoga physical feats that were impossible to me before; and I have been blessed to find the DDP certification program which will allow me to really cement this program into my lifestyle and perhaps even a career… phew. It’s fair to say that I got more that I could have dreamt of.
Still, I can’t help thinking about what I would do if I won. And I know exactly what that is. I would be giving the prize money straight back to DDP Yoga in the form of a reservation to the 2014 retreat! I can’t begin to describe how badly I want to go there. A good friend from teamDDPyoga.com went to this year’s retreat, and she said that, like DDP Yoga itself, it’s way better than you could even dream it is. Like everything in life, it will be better for me to work toward it rather than waiting around for lady luck to hand things to me. Sadly, between my current stay-at-home status, and the price tag on our trip to see my family over the holidays, I will probably have to wait until at least the 2015 retreat. But in the meantime, a girl can dream…
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