This week I seem to have been having the best money luck ever. On Saturday I went to order some prescription sunglasses and the lady who served me gave me the lense tint for free – £25 saving. Then we walked through the market and Noah asked for a peach. Having already done the fruit shopping and being laden down with bags I reluctantly gave in and had adjusted the bags so I was ready to pay when the man on the market gave Noah 2 for free – 25p saving?! Then to top it all yesterday Noah and I went to get him some summer sandals from Clarks and I was ready to spend £40 if I had to. We ended up with a lovely pair of leather sandals for £3! I could not believe it! Amazing!
It got me thinking about the concept of luck. Is it really chance or do we play a part in everything that happens to us? Do we make our own luck?
I think to a large extent we do. Going back to my three experiences, on reflection, I definitely influenced what happened…
1) The lady with the sunglasses. When I went into Specsavers I went early in the morning thinking that I would get better service on a Saturday if I went when it wasn’t too hectic. Sure enough it was lovely and quiet in there. I was in no rush and so I was happy to have a chat and built up a rapport with the lady who served me. So, when it came to payment, she was ready to be on my side. So along side the money saving I had a really nice time choosing my glasses.
2) The peaches on the market. Again I think it all came down to a good relations. Throughout my maternity leave and on regular occasions since I have been to this market stall and bought plenty of fresh produce. The stall holder has always been friendly and we have chatted each time we have visited and got to know each other over the years. He knows Noah too and has seen him growing up since a baby, always keen on his fruit. A couple of peaches wasn’t too costly to him and it made a big difference to our day so being kind and friendly was a winner here too.
3) The £3 sandals. Here we were inquisitive and had no set ideas of what we wanted, flexibility and interest was key. We asked the lady to bring whatever sandals she had in Noah’s size. She brought 3 pairs and the first pair fitted well but weren’t leather. The second pair were leather but were too wide. So she was already to send us off with the first pair as they fitted well when I asked her about the third pair. I was curious. They were another option and I just wanted to check them out and see that I wasn’t missing something. She went to check the price as the box didn’t have one on and it was only at this stage that we all discovered the amazing value! Luckily they fitted really well and they were leather. An around winner!
So start making your own luck. Take time, be interested, be open to new options but above all be friendly. You really will start to see the difference it makes, everywhere you go.
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