When I was in the airport screening line recently, I was pulled from the long line and put in what the TSA agent called “The Lucky Lane”, a much shorter line where I didn’t have to take off my shoes, jacket or take my computer out of my bag.

It colored my whole day a little brighter.  The children in the family behind me, who also got put in “The Lucky Lane”, danced and sang.  We smiled at each other, and wondered what other luck might be coming out way.

There are so many ways to be lucky in this life.

When I was an actor, one of my acting friends used to say, “Most actors live their lives waiting to win the lottery.” He meant that the idea for most actors to “make it big” in the profession was so slim that it was like waiting to win the lottery.

I read somewhere that many Americans idea of future financial planning included a vague hope they would win the lottery.  (Most financial planners would shudder…)

Statistically speaking, there are so many places in life where the odds are against us “winning”.  And although I am totally planning on winning Publishers Clearing House :), there are other reasons to celebrate.

During this season of gratitude (and I include Thanksgiving through New Year), I encourage you to remember and celebrate those places where (in a sense) you have already won the lottery.

For instance, I was blessed to be born to parents who were healthy and fit themselves.  As a child, my mother never pushed me to eat more than I wanted (except for green vegetables…) and didn’t equate how much I loved her with how much of her cooking I ate.  We regularly went for walks as a family.

My dad supported my athleticism by attending my track meets (especially when I was the only girl on the boys’ track team when there wasn’t a girls’ team).

To this day, I am grateful to have a positive relationship with my body.

As I’ve grown older and have seen some friends succumb to “lifestyle illnesses” (those illnesses that can be prevented or lessened by a good diet and exercise), I am even more grateful for my genes and (relatively) healthy habits that were a part of my growing up.

What gifts were a part of growing up in your family?  What healthy mental, physical, emotional, or spiritual legacy sustains you?

For you, how might this be like being placed in “The Lucky Lane” or like winning the lottery?

And may you pursue your path rejoicing in the gifts that are yours by birth,

Best wishes,

Elizabeth