I was in the grocery store today when the man in line in front of me started talking to me. He was probably in his 50’s but was very childlike. “Is today Thursday?” He asked me.
“I sure hope so.” I replied.
“I have a hard time remembering what day comes after Thursday.” He said, but before I could respond he redirected his attention to the cashier.
“Is the lottery box open today?” He asked her.
“Sure is, Robert.” She smiled at him.
“I’ll take two pink scratch tickets.” He stood at the counter and scratched off the card and handed it back to her. “I think I won a $1.25.”
“Nope.” She said. “You won $125.00 Robert.”
“Oh. Ok.” He said without a lot of excitement. “I like $100 dollar bills.” He got his money and walked out.
“Wow!” I said when I got to the cashier.
“Yep. He plays three or four times a week and almost always wins something. Sometimes it’s a few bucks. Sometimes he wins big. It never seems to matter to him. The only time he gets excited is when he doesn’t win anything. He thinks the tickets are broken. I honestly don’t think he understands most people don’t win.”
I’ve been pondering that. Robert’s belief that he will win is so strong that when he doesn’t he thinks that’s a fluke. The system works so consistently that he has good reason to believe. He doesn’t get worked up. He isn’t shocked when things go his way, in fact he’s shocked when they don’t. He’s playing a lottery game where the statistical odds are stacked against him, and yet, he wins and if he doesn’t the tickets are broken.
A Course in Miracles says, “Miracles are natural, and when they don’t occur something has gone wrong.” (tweetable!) After my encounter with Robert, I’m pretty sure I’ve been overthinking things.
So, here’s to pink tickets, wins big and small, and lots and lots of miracles!