Tell us: has anything bad ever happened to you that turned out to be for the best?
Yes. Every time I lost a job–was fired through circumstances not my own–I managed to find a better job.
For instance, I was working as a producer at NBC-TV and the Eisenhower recession found 150 of us bounced. I lucked into the old Cholly Knickerbocker society column and the rest is history. (Well, my history, anyway.)
But today’s times are very different and I am still waiting to see what is better than appearing in a print newspaper every day. To me, that was the nuts!
JONI EVANS: I had fallen in love with a house in the country. It was spectacular … modern, on 17 acres of land, pool, tennis court, separate guest quarters. It was a dream house and I was sure that my savings from 40 years of hard work was meant to buy it. But just as I made my bid, someone else appeared on the horizon outbidding me. I lifted higher. So did he. So I did again. I was torn, I already had my own home that I would need to sell (lovely though it was) and suddenly the possibility of paying double taxes until I unloaded my existing home made me nervous. I stalled overnight, conflicted, unable to bid. The broker wouldn’t wait … I lost the house. I was heartbroken. Ashamed of my lack of guts. Furious at myself and losing the dream of a lifetime.
Guess what? The House of Lehman fell the next day. The stock market crashed. Home sales came to a halt. I had dodged a very expensive bullet.
Joan Ganz Cooney: Oh gosh, I can think of many disappointments … turn downs for jobs I thought I wanted, apartments and houses that got away before I could make up my mind, men I liked who didn’t call — many things that seemed bad at the time and that I thank my lucky stars for every day. For every road that was closed, other, better ones opened up, and I would change very little when I look back.