On Winning The Lottery

Is Wednesday, that special day. You know what’s coming, it’s the lottery draw. I have my lucky numbers ready, do you? I have always dreamed about winning the lottery. Who hasn’t? For some it is the greatest dream; the start of a new life, a second chance or for many people like me…the retirement plan. The time is near; turn on the TV and find the local channel playing the numbers. Meanwhile the level of  anxiety and anticipation builds up.  While waiting for the drawing to start, the mind drifts away dreaming about the places to go, the things to do and buy with the lottery winnings. Happiness at last! At that moment, not one thing in the world can erase the huge smile on the face and it is almost like breaking a trance when the announcer comes on the TV. You hold your breath and pray to God that you are the jackpot winner,while making promises to change your ways and do good “if” you win.  All your problems will immediately disappear if winning the lottery.

We are all familiar with these feelings aren’t we? But how disappointing it is when the numbers drawn are not our numbers? We slam the fist hard on the table, swear loudly and probably curse the winner who won our lottery.  There goes our  chance to make it better, we say. The kid’s college fund, our dream house, new car and our retirement plan all up in smoke. The pity party goes on and on. We needed that, we wanted that.

Maybe and this is just a maybe, we were destined not to win right from the beginning. What ? hang on for a second. What if  wanting so much to win the lottery, wanting so much to win so we can be happy, have things and go places, is the very thing that make us not to win? Could it be? Well, we attract what we think and that is true so far. So, how come we want to attract money by winning the lottery  but we end up with nothing but frustration and sadness? I believe some of the reasons lies with our true intentions. We want to win, we need to win. We think about ourselves and thousands of reasons we should win. What we are also doing is sending a wave of desperation for winning that  attracts the very opposite of it. I think of Joe Vitale  when I think on this. He says that to attract something  we must not have a need for it. That’s right, we may want it, but not needed in order for us to be happy. We should be happy now with what we have and share it with others. Then and only then we can attract what we really want.

So next time you play the lottery instead of thinking that you need to win so you can be happy, change your intentions.  Many State lottery commissions supports education and part of the money people play goes to education. So next time you play, think of that dollar you are playing goes to support education. That way you’re sending a good intention out and not a self-centered one. Go play and let go of a need to win to be happy. Be happy now and if you didn’t win this time, be happy for the person who did win. Who knows, maybe next time you could be the winner.

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Letting Go and Let God Take Control

I could say that 2011 was a foul year and in part it is the ugly truth but not so entirely. Yes, my business has suffered huge losses and many of my goals that I had projected for each quarter were delay to a grinding stop. However there has been things happening, certain circumstances and events that have changed this year’s gloomy outlook. Despite of living in a world of uncertainties, fear and challenges, I have a much clear perspective of how things are developing for me. See, God has a master plan for me. The problem is that I don’t know what it is and that sole fact frustrates me deeply. Throughout the year, I have gone up and down like a twisting roller coaster, trying to “figure out” what is God’s plan for me. I have traveled great distances in silence, listening to self-help audiobooks and reflecting on what I can do to change my current life to the life I really dream about.  I asked God to show his plans to me. I wasn’t expecting an ominous revelation of God’s plans to me; I didn’t expect him to come down in a cloud and speak directly to me. Though that would have been nice to see it happen, what I really wanted was to “know” where was I going and what to do with my life forward. I was looking for a sign, a feeling that will lead me towards my dreams.  I got really frustrated when I got no answer, no signs, no revelation of what to do, where to go and how to do whatever I’m supposed to do. Again, It was all left out to me to figure it out and that angered me. It got even worse when my life turned upside down with financial problems, a slow business and  money was getting scarce. I focused on my problems and that is exactly what I got, more problems.

As things were getting worse, I always turned to God for answers.  Again, He did not speak to me directly but something else was happening. When things were going from bad to worse, when I was at the end of my rope or so I thought, a solution will show itself and saved the day. I don’t know when or how it happened but started to trust blindly that it will happen again.  I was not disappointed. Naturally, I wanted more and more but  that was not the way God has it for me. I long ago concluded that  everything happens for a reason and God will show His will to me in due time. He wanted  me to do something though, to let go of the controls and let Him take over.  Though I resisted in the beginning and still do sometimes, letting go of what I can’t control has allowed me to see where I am going and what to do with my life. The revelation was short of spectacular:  be grateful for everything I have and enjoy life now with the people who I love.

With this new perspective in my life, I can’t wait to receive 2012.