Valentine's Ideas and Dessert!
- The Simple Life
By Sheryl Simons
THE LAW OF CHOICE
One day a couple hopped into a taxi and took off for the airport.
They were driving in the right lane when suddenly a large black car
pulled out of a parking space right in front of us. The taxi driver
slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by just
inches! The driver of the other car whipped his head around and
started yelling at them. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the
guy. He honestly was really friendly!
So they asked, "Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined
your car and sent us to the hospital." This is when the taxi driver
taught me what I now call: The Law of the Garbage Truck.
He explained the following: Many people are like garbage trucks.
They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger,
and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a
place to dump it, and sometimes they'll dump it on you. Don't take it
personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Don't take
their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on
The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage
trucks take over their day. Life's too short to wake up in the
morning with regrets, so... love the people who treat you right, and
pray for the ones who don't.
Remember you cannot always choose what happens to you in life,
but you can always choose how you react to it. We live by choice, not
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Everyone knows that St. Valentine's Day will be here in a few
short weeks. Why not plan something simple, but meaningful. Even if
you are not in a relationship right now, you can make it fun for you
and some friends. Don't limit yourself to romance. How about a
dinner of friends for an annual "Lonely Hearts Club". Have a raffle
to see who has the "Biggest Lonely Heart".
If you have kids, plan a special night for your sweetheart by
planning a nice dinner in, or out. Get a babysitter, or maybe have a
Valentine's party with the kids early, and plan a surprise for after
they are in bed. You do the cooking, buy or make a nice card, and
really go all out for your sweety - especially if you are not in the
habit of being the "romantic". Now is your chance. Never mind you
can complain about your partner `til the cows come home, but when it
really boils down, what would you do without them? And, while you're
at it, write down all those reason's you love them in a card you make
yourself. Or, dig up all those old cards and bind them together to
begin a book. Show them how you really feel! Don't be one of
those "not really into you" people. Don't be half-hearted in your
relationship. Make it work by being your loved one's biggest fan.
But even if you think Valentine's Day is corny, or commercial, or
whatever excuse you have, really step up and get ready for a day or
evening neither of you will ever forget! Or maybe you have a group
of friends who could put on a pot-luck for everyone. Whatever you
decide, start planning ahead you will be glad you did! No matter
what the holiday, there is always a way to make it special! Why
waste any chance at all to make a special day?
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Simple Valentine's Dessert
Have you ever had a strawberry dipped in chocolate? Or a piece of
pineapple, apple slice, or banana? You can buy those chocolate
dipping pieces, chocolate or white chocolate bark, or just use milk
or dark chocolate chips. Use a bit of oil or butter and melt slowly
in a double boiler. When chocolate is creamy, dip fruit ahead of
time and chill or right at dessert time. You can also use pieces of
pound cake, cookies, or use your imagination!
Keeping it Simple,
Note: email me with your best romantic idea or story!