There was a thread I read on a local listserve this week that asked what was the meanest thing any one had said to you or about you.
I knew immediately what was the meanest thing anyone had ever said about me.
Someone who had known me a large chunk of my young adult to adult life said that I had been very lucky.
Said in the context of how my life had turned out.
In my estimation, pretty much the most insulting thing you can do is to discount someone's impact on their own life.
Yes, I count my blessings. I know that in the grand scheme of things that I live a life of comfort.
But I got up every day and earned it.
I studied for the grades I received in school. I cultivated the professional relationships. I saved my money. I made hard choices.
This is not to say that I did not have help - on the contrary I had a hell of a lot of help. Or to say that I was not sometimes in the right place at the right time.
Or even, that I was lucky.
Because I was.
But luck will only get you to the starting line.
The finish line way off in the yonder?
Well, that is all up to what YOU do to reach it.