In many cases, I think you can.
Four mornings a week I run five miles. Now that it's light out again I keep my eyes peeled for the glint of coins. I love to find change. Coins (and even bills) say "In God We Trust," and it's a reminder that I shouldn't worry and fret so much. (I am an excellent fretter.) Sometimes weeks can go by without finding a single coin.
Last year, I found $2.44.5. (This total includes a half penny.) So far this year I have found $.34.
Back in early 2009, when I was very worried about money (I had quit my day job a year earlier), I found a penny as I walked to the post office. Then another penny. Then, on an unpaved road, glinting in some pine needles that were the same rust red color, I found 20 pennies. It was such a strange sight. I have no idea why they were there. Maybe someone got tired of them cluttering up their parking change stash and just dumped them?
For me, those coins felt very lucky. Felt like a message that everything would work out. (And it has.)
I think there are some tricks to luck:
- Keep your eyes open. For example, I tried all the standard ways to get an agent. But when I saw an agent's name mentioned in an article in the New York Times, I thought "Why not?" and sent her a query. We've been together ever since.
- Cover a lot of ground. Your first book didn't interest any agents? Break it down and rewrite it. Or start a new one. Keep trying, keeping pushing, keep putting one foot in front of the other.
Every night, before I go to sleep, I try to think of three things I'm grateful for that happened that day. I won't lie to you. Sometimes it's a stretch.
This month, I feel very lucky to have two books out: the paperback of Girl, Stolen and the hardcover of The Night She Disappeared.
Do you have any tricks for feeling lucky?