Monday, January 2, 2012

What is luck?

Luck, there is all sorts of luck, good & bad. I think, for the most part, we create our own luck, good or bad, by how we approach life.

Sometimes luck that at first seems bad, in the end turned out to be good luck. That is how I look at my stroke – It was bad luck that I had the stroke, but in the end it changed my life in so many positive ways.

Mike & I quit smoking the day I had the stroke, we had talked about wanting to quit, but we kept putting it off. Life said “You will quit NOW”. Who can argue with that?

It brought my family closer together – from my brothers to the extended family, we are closer now. It brought all the kids closer to each other and I think closer to me too. Heck, even Helen has come a bit closer to me too.

I think that the biggest positive change is how it brought Mike & me closer. I mean we were close, but we were sort of plodding along with no goals ahead of us. Now we have bought a house again, we are making plans for making improvements to it, and generally looking forward.

I’ve come to know that my “email buddies” are very important to me. They are one the reasons that the first thing I wanted to be able to do is use the computer again. Granted, I not only needed to learn to use the computer again, I had to re-learn where the specific letters were – nothing like having to hunt & peck & try to spell at the same time.

I now truly realize how much my “studio” and my “crafty stuff” means to me too. I thought that I lost the ability to create scrapbooks, and that really depressed me because I had not finished my Dad’s memorial album. But again, I wanted to get back my crafts, and a year after the stroke I finished the album and presented it to my Mom & the rest of the family.

I’ve learned just how strong and stubborn I am, how determined I can be to get my life back as close to what it was. Things have changed, I have changed. Some of the things that were important to me before my stroke have become less important. I didn’t think that having a cat and being responsible for it was important, now I have a furry friend that brightens up my day.

So Luck – it is what you make it to be, what you want it to be. Good, bad or indifferent, it exists and it affects our lives.

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See you soon!


  1. Judy,

    What a special, strong person you are to see the positive in such an unfortunate event!!! :)

    Sometimes we do need a wake up call: a reminder to stop & smell the flowers, to appreciate our loved ones more, to not take anything for granted, and to realize how good we have it!

    I am soooooo glad that you're doing so well and able to blog & craft again (activities I enjoy as well)!!!!!!!!!!

    Crafty hugs,

    partridgelu at yahoo dot com

  2. For some reason we all seem to take life for granted - but sometimes it takes a big wake-up call like this to put us on the right track. I am a two-time cancer survivor and my husband is a heart attack survivor. I may have just found your blog and your wonderful files, but want you to know that I find you to be a very generous and kind person.


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