I’m participating in Write ALM’s Prompt-a-Day for the month of February. Feel free to join us!
Today’s prompt is
I remind myself all the time that I am extremely blessed and marked by good fortune. I’m not exactly the wealthiest person in the world, and I doubt that Sweet Husband and I ever will be, although this reminds me that I need to look into that investment opportunity and make that happen so that at least when we retire we’ll be rolling in it, because we’re teachers. When you add in that Sweet Husband works for a quasi-private school which means that he makes even less, we aren’t exactly unconcerned about our budget. On the other hand, though, we are comfortable and certainly have enough to do what we want when we want 9 times out of 10.
That alone, in this economy, is good fortune.
The fact that Sweet Husband loves the people he works for, is also extremely good fortune.
When I count that I have Sweet Husband at all – it is amazingly good fortune.
I’ve spent a lifetime looking for home and a relationship that makes me feel like I’m valued and cherished. I never in my life imagined that I would find both of those things in Mississippi because who says to themselves, “I think Mississippi – one of the poorest states in the nation – sounds like a great place to live?” But it’s true. It’s a pretty spectacular place to live, even with all of its problems. Perhaps it is made better for me because I have Sweet Husband and this circle of loving, supportive family. And I’m not saying that I wouldn’t like to live somewhere else (Buzzfeed says that I belong in Kentucky and having spent 3 years in Louisville, I could so easily go back there and be happy as a clam. But the snow and the ice does nothing for Sweet Husband so here we are and here we will stay. Which is OK), but to have found some where that feels like home and being able to share it with people who love and support me is amazing.
I am never quite sure what it is that I did to deserve the blessings that I’ve been given, the way that fortune has smiled on me. I am often forgetful and flighty (thank you Gemini traits). I can be selfish and moody. I am frequently petty if not in thought then in actual deed. I am judgmental. But I have all of these wonderful people and things in my life. I am always grateful for what I have; my regular practice of gratitude makes a difference in my life, I believe.
I sometimes think that the reason why teaching is such a good fit for me is that it allows me an opportunity to give back, to return the blessings that I have been given, to open the door for fortune to bless others the way that it has blessed me. I like to believe that there are those who begin to see their lives in different contexts because they have been in my classroom. I don’t know if that’s true or not, and I struggle with making a difference in the lives of my current students. But I keep trying, working to share my fortune with others, attempting to pass it on.
There is a saying about how to whom much is given, much is expected. I am fully aware of all the gifts in my life, and I am attempting to make sure that I live up to the fortune that has been extended to me.
How are you blessed with good fortune?