I won the lottery! – Week 16

The Powerball jackpot winning ticket this week was worth an astounding 1.6 Billion. The odds of winning the jackpot….1 in 292,201,338 million….not so astounding. In comparison,  you’d have the same odds of being struck by lightning 304 times! The real winners in this lotto scheme is the Federal government as they rake in 39.6% or 633 million dollars….I won’t go into anymore detail here as I may get upset.

Charles Haanal writes in his book – The Master Key System “Premature wealth is but the forerunner of humiliation and disaster, because we cannot permanently retain anything which we do not merit or which we have not earned”

Obviously money doesn’t buy happiness. Money is a necessity of life no doubt but, if it is not rightfully earned, gaining riches can be a recipe for disaster. Previous “big time” lotto winners have been quoted saying “I wish I have torn up the ticket”. Another past winner said after going bankrupt “I’m just glad it’s over”. These are cases where I can look to the principles I am learning and reading about in this course.

“Wealth is a product of labor. Capital is an effect, not a cause; a servent, not a master; a means, not an end.” ~ Haanal.

Of coarse, every lottery winner is different. Not everyone who wins is going to frivolously blow all their winnings. Although, statistics show about 70% of all lotto winners end up going broke and filing for bankruptcy!

The point? “Fact. Harmony and happiness are states of consciousness and do not depend upon the possession of things. If we desire material possession of any kind our chief concern should be to acquire the mental attitude which will bring about the result desired.” ~ Haanal

In other words, positively change your mind, your attitude, and your perspective on life for the better and you’ll get everything you ever wanted. If you are not happy with your life now, no material or financial riches will create happiness for you.

I have read the odds of being born are between 1 in 400 trillion and 1 in 400 quadrillion, depending on whose numbers you’re looking at. So, that means I would have been 1.4 million times more likely to win the powerball lotto than to be born! How’s that for perspective?

“I am not on this earth by chance. I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand. Henceforth will I apply all my efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy.” Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman in the World.

I won the lottery of life.

We all won the lottery of life. We are nature’s greatest miracles!

Lets go put our lives to good use….shall we?

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