Appreciation turns "lucky" into "fortunate."

Appreciation turns lucky into fortunate. 

The word “fortune” has become associated specifically with a lot of money, but to be fortunate in part means to be lucky. Lucky, however, implies a fluke or something that just happens. 

Fortunate adds appreciation to that. 

Think of the statements, “I’m a lucky person,” versus “I’m a fortunate person.” 

Begin to see how you are fortunate in life in all ways. From the chance meetings of people who became great friends or your partner, or even your pets. 

And for things that didn’t happen as well. 

We tend to see being in a car accident as really bad luck, being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Thinking “if only we left 2 minutes earlier or later, we would have avoided the accident.” That may be true, but then it’s also true that whenever you go out in your car and arrive to your destination or back home at the end of the day, you were fortunate that you were 2 minutes early or 2 minutes late to all the accidents that did not happen. 

So realistically, for most of your life, you are in the right place at the right time all the time. 

Although you can’t see the accidents that never happened or the illnesses that were never caught, you can become conscious and appreciative of all the days when nothing happens. 

Those, in a sense, are your most fortunate days. 

- Doe Zantamata

From the book, "Happiness in Your Life - Book Five: Appreciation" 

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