Is anything more important than attitude? My answer is no, emphatically no — a thousand times no. Two friends can receive the same message and react totally different. A fella named, Charles Swindoll, wrote a poem that I've kept to remind me how important attitude is: The longer I live, The more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude to me, is more important than the past. Than education. Than money. Than circumstances. Than failures. Than success, Than what other people think, or say, or do.
In an earlier column, I pointed out how my life has contained so many lucky bumps. Because of space limitations, all my good luck couldn't be included. Growing old, in itself, is good luck as so many, unfortunately, don't have that opportunity.
This might puzzle some readers who would wonder why anyone should read about my good luck. In my 92 plus years, I've met people who claim they didn't have any good luck; they accomplished it all by their own intelligence, hard work and perseverance. They did it all on their own.
I knew when I came to Superior that I liked small town advantages, even without Dr. John Haugland telling me the University of Wisconsin-Superior preferred professors to live in the state, though a few did choose to live in Duluth. Why? Let me tell you some of the ways that my coming to Superior proved to be a great decision: * Our youngest son, Terry, now a dentist in Columbus, Ohio, spent three years at Superior Senior High, received a very good education and showed some prowess on the basketball and football teams.
American exceptionalism was tied to the idea of “manifest destiny,” a term used by Jacksonian Democrats in the 1840s to promote the acquisition of much of the western United States,...