I had this interesting little revelation that Amy March lives in my house in the body of my son! How is that possible? Here’s how.
Jo/Louisa loved her sister Amy/May very much but resented her “good luck.” I always suspected that May created her own luck because of the way she treated people. My son is like that. He always seems to “stumble” upon “good luck” and there has been resentment from family members and friends. But I’m convinced it’s because he has a very wide circle of friends and he treats each one like gold. He is fiercely loyal, generous to a fault, keeps in touch constantly and loves a good conversation about as much as anything. And he because he treats his many friends so well, good fortune comes his way. He got a job with Americorps last year through a friend (I understand it’s hard to get into Americorps now). He finished his assignment at the end of September and after only a month of job hunting, got a terrific new job, again, through the help of a friend (actually several – 5 of his friends work for this company!). And just yesterday, an opportunity opened up for him to sublet an apartment from a good friend who has to move out, and the rent is cheap!
Sure, our son is having a good run of luck. But I firmly believe all these good things are coming his way as the fruit of his friendships. He is sincere in treating people well, and good fortune comes as a result.
That’s what I saw in Amy/May – she worked very hard to fine tune her gift for graciousness. She enjoyed being with people and cultivated many friendships that meant a lot to her, and as a result, good things came her way. She easily trusted because she was not damaged (and that was her good fortune, being born after the worst of the trouble in her family had passed). Louisa, unfortunately, did not trust so easily because of her personality, and because she was damaged by her circumstances.
It’s easy to resent it when good luck seems to follow certain people and not others. But for the most part, just like with my son, the good luck wasn’t always just random; in many cases it was earned. Just my take. 🙂