A few years ago V. Bhaskaran, coach of the Indian hockey team, lamented the fact that his team was losing because of bad luck and bad umpiring! “I am proud of my brave boys!” he said, “and they deserved to win but were robbed of victory by bad luck….”
He gave a number of reasons why luck had passed them by.
I looked at the coach’s statement and remembered an old friend of mine. This friend had decided to sit for the radio officer’s course many, many years ago. The exam was conducted by the Government of India, and after one exam I walked with him to his house where he lived with his mother: “What happened son?” asked the old mother as she greeted her son on his return.
“A stupid fellow behind me sneezed!” said my friend. “So I made a mistake!”
“Bad luck!” whispered his mother to me, shaking her head at the ceiling.
How easily we blame luck and circumstances for our failures!