Inventory shows old fogey’s good luckMost of us have had bad days in our lives. On those days, everything possible seems to have gone wrong. Why me, you probably thought; I’ve tried to do the right things and why has the world turned against me. I would wager that you’ve had those days too.
By: Bernie Hughes, Superior Telegram
Most of us have had bad days in our lives. On those days, everything possible seems to have gone wrong. Why me, you probably thought; I’ve tried to do the right things and why has the world turned against me. I would wager that you’ve had those days too.
Our topic today is good luck. We tend to think that some people were born with a gold halo: Wealthy parents, a high quality education, extensive travel and all those other goodies.
You and I have to face the facts and make the best of what we have; we can’t dwell on what we don’t have. We play the cards of life with the hand dealt.
I’m going to share some good luck in my life to help remind you of some good luck you may have not recognized or remembered:
I was lucky to be born in the U.S. as I expect most readers have. Our nation is the wealthiest of all in the world today in spite of our large debt. You may, like I have in thoughtless times under duress, hung yourself up feeling partly guilty for the poverty that still exists in our nation, but if you consider Africa or India among many who are doing worse.
I was lucky to be born to white parents, not subjected to racism.
Growing up on a hardscrabble dairy farm provided 365 long days of work, which was excellent training for life’s hard work later.
I never have gone hungry or without other essentials necessary for survival. There are individuals dying this very minute who can’t make that claim.
I am fortunate to have had free elementary and secondary education. Today some Afghan parents are praying their young girls especially could have that opportunity after NATO troops leave.
I had more learning in military service, an excellent young lady agreed to marry me and ultimately bear three children, before her death ended our 54-plus year marriage.
I was lucky to have free higher education because of the G.I. Bill. Otherwise, it would have taken much longer since it would have come part time because of needed employment.
I was extremely lucky to be offered my first teaching position in mid-year because another individual had left before completing the year. I hadn’t graduated yet but teacher scarcity made emergency certification possible. A house was available to rent; our family of five had six good years there.
I was most fortunate to be selected by increasingly larger Montana school districts as superintendent during a 13-year period before returning to the Midwest and retiring as emeritus professor at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.
Luckily, for me, another great lady graced me with a second successful marriage. Now she and I have each inherited a second successful family base.
The Superior Aging Resource Center kept me busy for several years as a volunteer driver for people who needed such help. Retired Senior Volunteer Program has filled the gap since.
Those are only major bits of good luck. How much has this old fogey forgotten? There are so many bits, partly remembered and too much for you to read.
I hope that my list triggered your memory of good luck somewhat forgotten. We are lucky aren’t we? I realize that I’ve had more than my share of good luck.
As the old saying goes, “It is the luck of the draw!” Plus some challenging work along the way as well.
Bernie Hughes, Ed.D, is a retired educator who resides in Superior. He can be reached at bernie3024@