eve the author was trying to show ushow fortunate Dr. Sassall really was and how his patients were showing us thatin different ways.As for my future, I have known what I want to study for graduate school, whichmade it easier for me to answer the assessment questions. What makes onefortunate is that they are happy with what they do, and what they are pursuing.
In the book A Fortunate Man, Dr.Sassall was fortunate because he loved what he was doing for a living. Ibelieve that one can be fortunate if he truly is happy with what he does, andhas passion for it. Knowing what you want to study and doing it, does not makeyou lucky. I believe luck is something that is given to you, and not somethingthat is earned.
Luck is given to us by chance or accident. Luck isunpredictable and we as human cant determinate when or what kind of luck it is.When someone is fortunate, that it means the person has influence on whatevertask, job, or responsibility are given to them. As I mentioned, I want to study National Security,and intelligence.
To be more specific I want to work as an intelligence analystin the private sector. I believe that knowing your path, and knowing what youwant to do with your life, it will makes life easier. In order to do so you have to take the rightsteps to achieve those paths towards your goal makes you fortunate, rather thanlucky. You are earning more than you are given which allows one to be fortunaterather than lucky. While doing the assessment, I was answeringthe questions based on how much I like or didn’t like different jobs I wasbeing proposed. Because I know what I want to do in future, and what master’sprogram I want to take in order to have that “dream job” I want, the assessmentfigured it out easily by putting me into one of the categories.
I also believe,that the assessment could have been more specific instead of having similarquestion within one field. I believe that I am fortunate to know what I want to becomeand do what I want to do. But sometimes being fortunate is a hard thing toaccomplish. One big issue with being fortunate is that it needs to be pure,meaning you have to believe in what you are doing. While reading the book Ifelt that the author was telling us that Dr. Sassall is not only helping thepatients to feel better, but to he is doing all this work to feel fortunate.One example is when John Berger said “Sassall needs to work in this way. Hecures other to cure himself.
“1 To understand what fortunate is, we can lookat the book, and how Dr. Sassall’s life was described. “Sassall lives in one of the largerhouses of the village, he is well dressed, he drives a Land Drover for hispractice, another car for his private use, and his children go to the localgrammar school.”2This is a great example on hard work and fortunate he gained by those years ofhard work.However you can see your own fortuneby how other people show it. One great example is how Dr. Sassall is respectedand “The attitude of the villagers and foresters to Sass all’s privilege iscomplex.
He has got a good brain, they said, with brain like this – and then,remembering that he belongs to them, they realized that his choice of theirremote country practice again implies a kind of privilege: the privilege of hisindifferent to success…. He does more than treat them when they are ill: he isthe objective witness of their life. They seldom refer to him as a witness.”3Fortunate can be gained in different form such as helping other. Lucky can berecognized by others around you as well as fortunate.
Traveling to different countries andexperiencing other culture also helped me knowing what I want to do in future.Because of the experience I had before entering college, being placed into oneof the category I want to do in future wasn’t surprising. Because it wasn’tsurprising it wasn’t luck in any shape or form. I believe by being placed into investigative, social and enterprise I was notlucky but fortunate to know what I want to do in future. As Dr. Sassall wasfortunate to do what he does in the village. I believe that every human beingchooses their destiny no matter if it is good or bad.
Being put into categoryis because you either know what you want to do in future or you don’t knowwhich the assessment can lead do to helping you find something you areinterested in. Fortunate is something we strive for and would work hard toachieve. It is hard to be fortunate without working for it. Unlike luck whereyou are given the opportunity without any work. I have been playing soccer for20 years. When I got appointed to be captain for the soccer team I got wasfortunate because I worked hard for 20 years to lead a whole team in and out ofthe field. A lucky person would have been a person who just joined the team andnever played soccer but is appointed as captain.
Another example is when I wentto Africa I was fortune to meet some people who never had a whole lot of food,but was still happy with what they have. Like the famous Curtis Jackson oncesaid “some people are born with very little: some are fortunate enough to haveit all. When I grew up, we didn’t have much.
I had to hustle to get what Iwanted… but I had that hunger for more. I didn’t always make the right choices,but I learned from my mistake.” However living in African for few years, I haveseen people with very little money, but they are still fortunate with what theyhave. They have love and happiness, and for them that’s what it takes to befortunate. I do believe that that money is the biggest factor to be fortunateunlike being lucky.
Being lucky also gives you short happiness while beingfortunate is long term. But traveling to Nairobi (Kenya) I have seen people whoare close to been homeless but still consider them to be fortunate enough.However, being fortunate is a state of mind, which is different from one personto another. Few monthsago I was reading an article about a woman. The article was about howsuccessful the women is but she is still unfortunate. Her name was TennisCarry, Carry is great example on how a person can be lucky and have wealth,success but still not be able to be fortunate. Carry has everything a personcould ask for, wealth, success, and great job.
She is still striving forhappiness which is a big part of being fortunate. But when I was comparing herlife with the life of Dr. Sassall, I noticed that he is very fortunate becauseof the community he lives in, doing the job he does, and also being successfulmakes him also a fortunate man. But Dr. Sassall unlike Carry seems to behappier and is in better state of mind. Dr.
Sassall is fortunate man rather than lucky. He worked for where heis and didn’t take the easy way out. He did not win lottery to become doctorand went to medicine school.
He loves what he does and helping poor peoplemakes him feel better.I believe that I worked hard to be atthe place I am. Graduating in few week and heading to graduate school allows meto be fortunate.
The reason why I am fortunate is because I am happy with thepath I took and taking, I still have passionate about what I want to pursued infuture. Like Dr. Sassall worked hard for achieving his sense of fortunate. Whenreading A Fortunate Man carefully youcan see how fortunate Dr. Sassall was and how his patients proved that to thereader by sharing their stories to the author of the book. I believe that Dr.
Sassall fortunate rather than lucky person.I believe that being fortunate isbeing happy. Happiness is a very individual state that depends on a lot. Arethere banknotes and coins that make us happy? We have to be careful to explainwhat kind of happiness it is. Being fortunate and happy is long lastinghappiness. While being lucky and happy is short term. The French author AlbertCamus claims that it’s just a form of spiritual snobbery that makes peoplethink they can be lucky without money. What is happiness? To answer thequestion what characterizes happiness is impossible to answer, but one thing isclear that it is relative.
A person who has work and family can be happy over somethinglike this in other situations would not even have thought of.It becomes easier to explain andunderstand what happiness is for different people if you draw a parallel toMaslow’s needs’ staircase. Human needs are divided into five levels.
The principleis the same as in a regular staircase, one has to go up for the first step toget to others. The first level is bodily needs such as food, drink and sleep.At this level, happiness is food for the day, not to starve simply. To achievehappiness on this planet is the money resource you have to have. The secondlevel is security needs, which includes, for example, a house or a home whereyou feel safe. Here too, money is the resources you need to be able to climbon.
The third level is community and affection, which is to get the feeling oftenderness and love from another person. Having a friend you can talk to andtrust in. The fourth level is the need for appreciation, the feeling that youneed and the things you do is beneficial to others. The fifth level is the needfor self-realization, which means that you can realize yourself and make acareer.Now I think that being forfortunate money is not necessary, while for luck, money is. For the fortunatehappiness plays massive role. As I said earlier, one has to get up for thefirst step to get to others, etc.
which means money is a must. We can share luckthrough money but we can’t share fortunate. The claim that money can lead to short timehappiness, one example is ones mental state of mind. In fact, money is goodluck. Ask the same question to people who starve in many countries in Africa ifmoney is food. They would answer you back saying “money means food.” Physicalhappiness is to be measured and to be warm and safe and this is achieved onlywith the power of money.
Luck and being fortunate is very differentmental state of mind. Luck and money correlate a lot. I thought I was completely wrong to say acouple of weeks ago. But, for being fortunate you have to be happy.
In fact, tobe fortunate the physical happiness must be satisfied before it is about mentalhappiness. The mental happiness is not about money and that’s why “we withmoney” have difficulty understanding that money don’t lead to fortunatebut happiness do. If there was no money, I think the criteria for achieving fortunatewould have been completely different. On the other hand, I believe that theproperty of man who gives us the subconscious need to own and have power wouldhave to be eliminated if a world without money would work. As man works todayit would be impossible to live in such a world because if no money had notexisted we would most likely have something else in its place.I believe that I am fortunate because I have all the happiness I need. Except knowing what I want to be in future I am living a life where a fortunate man would. A poor man in Africa can also be fortunate but his state of mind have to be way different.
He have to acknowledge that money is not fortunate but happiness is. Few weeks ago I was reading an article about which countries are the most fortunate. According to the World Happiness Report in 2013, Danes are the most fortunate people in the world. Immediately behind Denmark in measuring are Norway, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Sweden.
It is the result of a gallup survey conducted in 156 of the world’s countries between 2010 and 2012. Even in a previous fortunate report, based on a gallup survey that was completed in 2011, top rankings went to countries in Scandinavia: Denmark, Finland and Norway. What then makes the Danes so fortunate? Prosperity plays a certain role, but “knowing that someone has to count in difficult times”, as the authors say, is more important. Social policy in Denmark and other Scandinavian countries creates a safety net that protects citizens from the worst effects of unemployment, illness and addictions.
According to the authors, long-term life expectancy, freedom, the absence of corruption, and generosity (measured by how much money is donated for charity purposes) are other important factors contributing to happiness. I believe this is what makes me fortunate. Being born in a country which is ranked as one of the most fortunate countries in the world. I believe this gives me and other people from Scandinavia more edge over other.
Fortunate means I am feeling a real joy over life. It could be about that experience something that makes you feel happy with yourself or feel proud of something as one has done. On the other hand, it can also be about not feeling too busy need to perform. I see myself as happy, but believes there are always things I can improve or strive for, striving for something is part of luck. To be fortunate, can also mean that I can look another person in the eyes of the beholder when somebody admires one for one’s achievements. In sum I do believe that I as well as Dr. Sassall are fortunate to havebeen raised in environment where we can improve our life and others. Dr.
Sassall is fortunate to help other people in the community who are sick or inpain. I can’t say that a lot of people would switch there life to move to apoor country side and help other people. DR. Sassall live better live than mostpeople in the community.
He had more resources to work with than other peoplein the community and that makes him fortune man. I do believe that his passionfor work also played a big role into become fortunate man. I have a lot ofsmall doubt believing that he was fortunate. One of the reasons it felt that hedoes this job to cure himself which seems a bit sketchy. A fortunate man wouldn’tdo that. If you really are fortunate enough you would do it from your heart notbecause it makes you sleep better or feel better. But like I said before Dr.
Sassall would have hard time getting fortunate if he is doing all this workjust to feel good instead of helping sick people. Happiness which is part of fortunate,is something indescribably important forus people, something that one can say shines up our everyday lives and”shines” up the dark, negative of us. Everyone wants us to feelhappy, everybody wants to find fortunate with someone or something sometime intheir life or am I out and running right now? Feeling happy can mean having fortunatelife. So when you feel that everything goes together in everyday life foryourself and when you are close to one, you feel good. But to get there, it’s alot about your own will and development. If you decide to feel fortunate thenyou usually get it. When you ask yourself the question or ask the question ofwhat we want in life, the answer will be most often; to be happy, or happier.The same answer is given when asking what we most of all want our children inthe future.
Happiness therefore means extremely much to us people and canactually be said to be the meaning of our lives. We always strive for somethingbetter and this is made especially for ourselves but also for others. Fortunateis also something you find in yourself by being content with who you are andhence we come back to much about your own will. I have to say, money plays a massive role.
One can claim thatyou can be fortunate because of all those wealth you might have received fromyour parents or relative. Money can go either way but because money issomething that comes and goes it wouldn’t always lead you to being fortunate. Kerryis perfect example of that. She has wealth but still looking to be fortunate.
Shehave been trying so hard to improve her life style in order to be fortunatewomen.I do believe that I am fortunate to pursue my master degreeand be fortunate enough to know what my future are. Luck did not bring me here,if so the luck would have run out.
I am few days from graduating from politicalscience degree and heading to masters. All that is because of hard work I haveput in and passion for education. I am striving for better and greater goal inlife. I am string for greater things in life and improving my goal every day. Oneof my favorite soccer player (Ronaldinho) once said “For me soccer provides so many emotions, adifferent feeling every day. I’ve had the good fortune to take part in majorcompetitions like the Olympics, and winning the World Cup was alsounforgettable. We lost in the Olympics and won in the World Cup, and I’ll neverforget either feeling.
“4Being my role model, he is one of the people I look up to, and say I am maybenot as fortunate as him but I will be one day. He was from the slums of Braziland grew up being poor. He workedhis way up and now considered one of thebest soccer player to have played the sport soccer. What I am trying to say isthat sometimes you can live the worst live but you can be fortunate if you havethat passion and the drive that Ronaldinho has or in this case Dr. Sassallhave. 1 Berger, John, and Jean Mohr. A Fortunate Man.
Granata Books, 1989.2 Berger, John, and JeanMohr. A Fortunate Man.
Granata Books, 1989. 3 Berger, John, and Jean Mohr. A Fortunate Man.
Granata Books, 1989. 4 “Ronaldinho Quotes.” BrainyQuote, Xplore,www.brainyquote.com/quotes/ronaldinho_637438.