For Robert Edge, a keen golfer, it started out as an 1…………….. weekend. On Saturday
morning, Edge went, as usual, to his local golf course with some friends. He
couldn't believe his luck when he hit a hole-in-one, and he celebrated the
amazing experience with his friends after finishing the game. What made the
weekend even more special was that, returning to the same golf course the
following day, he hit another hole-in-one! He was undoubtedly a very lucky
Events like this are not 2……………, but we all experience "lucky" and
"unlucky" events throughout our lives. The question is whether we can
do anything to influence our luck.
Some people use lucky charms to help them avoid bad luck, and others
believe very strongly in superstition and numerology. Many people associate
certain objects with luck. Horseshoes, rabbits' feet and four-leaf clovers are
all said to bring good fortune. The number thirteen is considered unlucky in
many countries, with hotels jumping from the twelfth floor directly to the
fourteenth. In parts of Asia, the number four is avoided, as the pronunciation
is nearly 3…………… to that of the word for "death". Most
scientists and psychologists don't believe in superstitions, or the idea that
some people are luckier than others. They say that optimists 4…………… to remember good results,
and therefore believe that they are lucky; pessimists typically remember bad
results, and therefore believe that they are unlucky.
So, if you want to feel like a lucky person, thinking positively can
help. Think and act
like an optimist, and ask
yourself: do you feel lucky?
1) Read the text and complete with
the missing words: identical / ordinary / tend / common. 2) Answer the questions:
do horseshoes, rabbits' feet, and four-leaf clovers have in common?
to the writer, what is the best way to feel lucky?
What do you
think of Robert Edge's story? Was he skillful or lucky?
3) Think about some moments in your life when you feel lucky. Make a comment to this entry starting like this: I feel lucky if/when... One day, I ....