HAPPY FATHER'S DAY to all those great Dad's that many are fortunate enough to have, or had in their lives. I'm pretty sure from all accounts both of my grandfathers were great Dads. Unfortunately, my grandfathers had departed this earth before I was born or had a chance to know them.
JUNETEENTH DAY was declared an official national holiday beginning the 19th. The commemoration recognizes the final end of slavery, that hadn't been established in every state until two years after Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation in 1862 during the Civil War.
Are some people luckier than others?
Lucky is said by some to stress chance bringing about a favorable result.
One online library definition differentiates between chance and luck.
"Chance-oriented persons decide according to given or estimated odds that define the decision problem.
"Luck-oriented persons, on the other hand, rely on self-attributions of personal luck, and ignore the probabilities of decision outcomes"
Luck is often associated with gain or loss through gambling which I think must be a luck-oriented activity. On the other hand, some forms of gambling as offered at casinos are said to offer a greater chance at winning than others. The slot machines, which are the only games I've ever played in casinos, I understand to offer the least chance of winning.
Drawings winning odds can vary based on the number of entries. Possibly the least chance of winning a drawing can be found in some of the various U.S. state lotteries that have been offered in recent decades. The potential $$$ winnings can be very attractive despite the odds.
I think I'm basically a chance-oriented person although my occasional drawing participations and slot machine gambling may carry an element of being luck-oriented, though I didn't seriously expect to win. (Maybe my lack of believing I would win adversely affected my odds -- introducing another element). Of course, my slot machine gambling and years past friendly poker-playing card games occasionally with family members and friends had been for fun.
I've never considered myself to be unusually lucky when it comes to casino gambling or in drawings. I have won two drawings in my life. One when I was in my twenties soon after I had purchased my first car. The nearby newly opened Gulf gas station I had begun frequenting had a drawing (obviously only few entries) where I won a boy's bicycle. I sold it.
Many years later after moving to the west I entered a drawing at a local news stand/video rental store I occasionally visited. I was surprisingly delighted to win a transistor radio, especially since they were not inexpensive as the latest new tech device of the time before personal computers. Months later my enjoyment was short-lived when our house was broken into with the thieves stealing my radio along with a journal gifted to me in which I had just started writing.
I recall many years ago, soon after I was wed, attending the annual meeting of a business organization associated with my husband's work then. Before we joined the other three owners and their wives at our table, my husband mentioned to me that the wife of one of the senior owners seemed to be uncannily lucky and just about always won when they had drawings. Sure enough, from the hundred or more people present her name was drawn for one of the prime prizes.
Then, there are the gamblers like Marlon Brando's character who sang "Luck Be A Lady Tonight" in the movie version of the Broadway musical "Guys and Dolls".