When I was growing up, I got into a few "adventures" that could have gone wrong and I could have been hurt or maimed, I was prone to taking off on my own at a young age and being found hours later, riding a neighbors horse, bareback, no one at home, just the horse and I.
And when I was older, going places on my own that might not have been the safest place for a young girl alone, but I only met kind people and only nice things ever happened.
Good luck? Maybe. Angels watching over me ? why not? It is a nice thought. I like it better than ..Oh, you just had some luck .. why "luck" ? why not "angels watching over me"?
As we have aged and traveled and lived here and there, we have had good luck and bad luck but thankfully , more good than bad. Sometimes I believe you make your own good luck, it is a lot about the outlook, the attitude.
But then when someone near and dear to you shows signs of needing help and you are so far away as to be on another planet .. you might think, well, I might be lucky but what about them ?
They need some good luck ... they need an angel too.
And you know what ?
There is an angel for them too. Just when you think there is no one to turn to, no way things can get better, someone will come along and by one act of kindness, one moment of generosity, they will change not only a persons life and outlook but all the people that that person is related to .. friends, family..all breathe easier when they know that everyone is doing fine. Everything is going well. That there is Hope.
So be an angel. It doesn't have to cost money, it doesn't mean a total commitment , it can just be a matter of being there to listen, of being generous with your time or your experience or to just help enough to get them over that hump.
I have always thought this and I try to remember the little things that are easy and can mean so much, buying a second coffee so I can share it with the lady on the bench in the park. The stale bread that instead goes to the birds in the park instead of into the garbage. Stopping and asking a tiny frail woman if she wants t0 hold my hand when we cross the huge boulevard with all the cars revving their motors and waiting for the green light.. which will happen just as she makes it to the middle lane.
Saving clothes and donating them, saving dog food and donating it , it can take so little time and energy but mean so very much to someone else.
One kind gesture or act can mean the difference in someone's life that most people would never ever even consider. The weight off their shoulders, the ease of a smile again, a good nights sleep, hope for the future.