Notable Quotable – a Two-fer on Luck

Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.  ~Dalai Lama

In other words, as quoted from the novel No Country for Old Men:

“You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from.”   ~Cormac McCarthy, American novelist and playwright


How often have you wanted something so badly and were terribly disappointed that it didn’t materialize, only to later realize that had you gotten what you wished for, it would’ve been a terrible fate?

Not getting what you want helps you gain perspective. It can often make you see that what you wanted wasn’t what you really wanted after all.

Like that relationship that didn’t work out and broke your heart … and then you later found out that the guy ended up being a deadbeat bum. Or that great relationship that ended in disaster, leaving you shattered, only to later leave you open to an even better and more loving relationship.

How about that job you interviewed for, the one that you were convinced was the only stepping stone that would enable you to get where you wanted to go, but you didn’t get…and then, after months of pissing and moaning, you later ended up with a job way better than the one you lost out on.

Or the bid on the house of your dreams that you lost. You were convinced it was the only house that could make you happy and that you’d never find another like it. But then you later learn that the people who did get the house are facing costly repairs due to a faulty and shifting foundation.

Sometimes not getting what you want is an incredible stroke of luck. Has that happened to you? Tell us about it.