I don’t know where my brain has run off to lately, but today it surprised me with something I should have known for decades, but didn’t. The noun “job” is also the name of a book in the bible. The Book of Job is about a gent who really has a long streak of that bad luck.
In what seems a logical turn of mind, I thus considered my lifespan of jobs and noted that each and every one of them has been a streak of GOOD luck.
In total, I’ve had 13 and here’s the quick rundown of my luck streak:
1. Cashier at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital cafeteria = Medical people use outrageous humor in their free time to make up for the pain they confront. You can heal many things if you find the funny…somewhere, anywhere.
2. Waitress at Howard Johnson restaurant = People who come to eat secretly enjoy being served as much as eating food. It’s so easy to create joy if you just serve nicely.
3. Secretary at Sears, Roebuck & Co. = Conformity rules in an office and I didn’t meet one coworker who liked it. It’s okay not to let conformity call the shots, even though it can be pretty alluring.
4. Lifeguard at Elmhurst’s East End Swimming Pool = What you wish for isn’t always what you expect. I wished to have fun in the sun but discovered you have to SAVE LIVES and that is dead serious.
5. Teaching Christian Living at Queen of Peace high school in Burbank = Students are such precious commodities, you have to wonder how parents can entrust them to your care for the better part of many days. When you are trusted you better not let down.
6. Assistantship in University of Iowa graduate school = I was lucky to have this pretend job as a managing editor. I could pretend I knew what to do, knew how to do what I was doing, and get paid for it. That’s how some jobs are.
7. Reporter at Chicago Tribune = Reporters, it turns out, are my kind of crazy and I was lucky to find out I was not the only one on the planet who can guffaw about the placement of a comma.
8. Freelance writer = I was lucky to find out there is very little “FREE” in freelancing. It’s heavy lifting to meet somebody else’s expectations.
9. Teaching Composition at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn = College freshmen have no business whatsoever sitting at desks. Naturally they fidget and fuss and make all kinds of trouble. I’m lucky to know this is true of most people.
10. Business Technology columnist at Tribune Company = Luck comes from unlikely places. Listening to executives tell tales of taking risk, running the whole shebang, answering to board(s) of directors. Success is less fun than one might otherwise expect.
11. Executive Editor at a government think tank = Smart people are not always happy people. I was lucky to find that out, since I am not that smart.
12. Managing Editor at an educational product company = The bigger your position, the smaller you feel. I think it has to do with size of the load.
13. Self employed writer and editor = You will never have a tougher boss.