Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Have you ever had a chocolate covered strawberry? Until yesterday, I hadn’t. I was greeted with an array of desserts in line for lunch at the office. The theme was French with beef coq au vin served atop mashed potatoes as well as chicken in a wine stew served atop a bed of rice, not to mention a sandwich station and salad bar. I should have taken pictures. But it was the desserts before the line that caught my eye. As the line was long, I indulged in a chocolate covered strawberry. The sensation of the rich & sweet chocolate dancing with the crisp, fresh sweetness of the strawberry was almost too hard to handle (now, yes around), it was so good (classic understatement)!! I lingered in line a bit longer than I should have, as I was holding it up. As it was, I filled my plate. When I was done, I went back in line for two more! And they were both just as good as the first.

Moral of the story – my lesson for the day?

It’s never too early to try something new… To eat new food… To drink new drinks… To meet new people… To make new friends… To experience joy and love and life…

I had a conversation with a friend of mine at the office about a month ago where we were discussing the spontaneity of life, and how on any given day during the course of that day, he has no idea what he’ll be doing that night, where he’ll be or who he’ll be out with and for how long. There’s no question he enjoyed the newness of every day & night, and what he could learn from it. I admired that; and reminded me of my youth. And while my fun in my advanced age involves significantly more planning, there are days when I throw caution to the wind, and let the day & night carry me where she will. And I remember a piece of advice a dear friend gave me a long time ago- there are two types of people in this world: (1) those that have things happen to them, and (2) those that makes things happen. The difference between them is their perspective and their attitude. One chooses to play the victim. The other chooses to take responsibility.

And on those days, should any fear creep in, I’ll think of that conversation with my friend and the chocolate covered strawberry I had yesterday. You never know when that something new was what you were meant to do all along. This could be the first day of the rest of your life and that chocolate covered strawberry is just another part of your destiny. What are you going to do about that?

What’s the lesson you learned yesterday? What will you make happen today?

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