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Reflecting on the Wheel of Fortune

If I’ve ever pulled the Wheel of Fortune for you, then you’ve probably heard my library analogy. 

You’re stood in the center of an ornate lobby, with long hallways going off in all directions. You can see all sorts of rooms, bookshelves, paintings, and cubbyholes down them.

The thing which catches your eye is not the hallways themselves, but the gates attached to them. Some old, some new; some gold, rusted, or used. Usually, many of these gates are locked, leaving you with only so many pathways to explore. Today, though, every single gate is opened and pulled back, giving you access to every hallway and it’s contents. You can finally take a closer look at the dusty restricted books on the other end of the library that have been barred from you for so long. But, wait a second…

Now that you’re in the center, unrestricted, you can also take a closer look at every option before merrily making a decision. You can walk a few meters closer and read the sign posts, or assess the water damage to the ceiling, or see what doors further down are still locked. 

You see, The Wheel of Fortune does show a change of luck, and is a card of opportunity, but opportunism is not inherently a blessing, nor something which brings us happiness in the long run. It is possible to be ‘blessed’ with a desire, only to see it wasn’t actually for you. So, when the Wheel of Fortune opens all of those possibilities, we can be tempted to run straight down the hallway with a stack of gold at the end, or millions of books. We can find out too late that the gold was plated, or the books were ones we had read already.

How will you spin the Wheel of Fortune? How will you work with the options at hand?

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