Let’s get this out of the way: “Looking for Mr. Goodbar” with Diane Keaton and Richard Gere was a 1977 movie about a lonely teacher. But Hershey’s mr. Goodbar candy bar is the happiest candy bar I’ve tried lately. The candy bar also let me in on a good story.
It was a happy little occasion (or non-occasion) when a friend gave me the candy bar, just to be nice after I’d made a purchase at her store. “You have some baggage in there,” she smiled. Isn’t it good when people help each other instead of just watching each other? What if “Neighborhood Help” programs replaced “Neighborhood Watch” programs? What if we were more generous and less suspicious? Is it possible to be that way anymore?
Anyway, I couldn’t remember the last time I ate a mr. Goodbar candy bar, because I don’t usually eat candy bars. Years ago, when I ate lots of chocolate, I usually bought the bags with miniature size chocolates. Sometimes I’d splurge on Godiva or Lindt.
But that one day, that Hershey’s mr. Goodbar was just right with its simple taste of milk chocolate and peanuts. Thankfully, I don’t have a peanut allergy.
So, this is a simple shout-out for a really good candy bar made my Hershey’s.
Hershey’s, of course, is known world-wide for making all sorts of chocolates and chocolate bars. What I didn’t know is that the founder of Hershey’s, the late Milton Hershey, along with his wife, Catherine, founded a school for orphan boys in 1909 “to train young men to do useful trades.”
Now, the Hershey Industrial School provides free top-notch educations for thousands of boys and girls, who receive meals, clothing and nurturing through the Hershey corporation’s generosity. Hershey’s has its own wonderful website if you’d like to read more and look at all the candy through the cyberspace window.
Just this morning, I applied for another job, telling one of my brothers, “I have to try, even if I fail.” Later, I read that Milton Hershey tried to start his own candy business more than once before he succeeded and eventually shared his success with others.
Most of us have read about many successful people who tried and failed many times before they finally found what they were looking for, before they knew what they were good at doing. Then they were able to do that thing and be generous in the long run.
It’s so true that we often have to fail first. Failing is a good sign (surely and nervously and hopefully and desperately!) that something good is on the way.