When Tim Hortons started their roll-up-the-rim-to-win contest this year, I started a nasty habit of drinking a medium coffee w/ milk every morning. It's irresistable, I pass by Tim Hortons every morning on my way to work, and I think "Today, I'll roll up the rim... and win!"

Well, life has a funny way of binding you to things you've really got no business in. True, I've been pretty fortunate to have won a free donut and two free coffees at the start of the contest. I mean, there are over 27,000,000 food prizes and I've won 3 of them already! That's against all odds already, at least in my books.

I wouldn't consider myself a lucky person, but I'd consider myself a person surrounded by lucky people. For example, the guy who sits behind me at work won a Broil-King the first time he bought coffee - there are only 10,000 Broil King prizes. As another example, my friends won $10 from playing Crosswords lottery cards.. when I played it for them (being the good guy that I am, I gave them back the $10).

But don't get me wrong here, I'm not as gullible as I look. I admit that certain people have more luck than others, but I also believe everything happens because we are all victims of our own circumstances. It's important to understand and accept the fact that external factors are as equally important as our own internal drive. People only appear lucky because our conscience naturally filters out all things considered unlucky.

Speaking of which, I've noticed a growing number of young people obsessed with get-rich-quick schemes. Buy real estate, invest in enticing stocks, start up companies, rent everything out, go cheap on everything else. I don't have anything against these people, nor am I endorsing any conclusions as to whether these schemes work or not. But I've come to realize two things in life:
  • Everything has an equal and opposite reaction; All things come in pairs
  • Happiness comes to those who have wisdom to know the difference
Every time I go to Chapters, the bestseller titles almost always certainly begin "retire early" or "millionaire" or "get rich." I get a laugh out of thinking "man, life would be so meaningless if everyone's financial problems could be solved in a 200-page book." I mean, how ironic is life if a $15.00 investment in a 200-page book rewards us with a lifelong return?

The key is wisdom. Everything has an equal and opposite reaction. I could just as easily write a 200+ page book and call it "Automatic Bankruptcy: Your Ultimate Guide on How to Lose All Your Money." Returning to my earlier point about luck, I'd say very few people in this world have luck, and even fewer people have wisdom.

But you can control wisdom - wisdom comes from courage to accept the things you've been given in life. After all, we are all victims of our own circumstances.